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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Libre, Colorado, and the Hand-Built Home

Libre, Colorado, and the Hand-Built Home

(p.94) Chapter 6 Libre, Colorado, and the Hand-Built Home
West of Center

Amy Azzarito

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the community known as Libre, founded in 1968, in southeastern Colorado. Libre was integral to the development of a countercultural design aesthetic on two fronts. First, Libre residents were early adopters of styles and forms considered quintessential to countercultural ideology Second, the Libre community was willing to experiment with and respond to evolving counterculture styles of building. After a period of dome building, inspired by the neighboring commune Drop City outside Trinidad, Colorado, Libre residents began to focus on traditional building and handicraft, with an emphasis on using recycled materials and elementary building practices. This switch presaged the general turn away from domes within the counterculture by early the 1970s.

Keywords:   Libre community, communes, counterculture, design aesthetic, dome building, countercultural movement

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