A Surprisingly Warm Welcome

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Just after leaving Colorado and entering Wyoming, we were faced with two things: Sprawling Nothingness + Incredible Architecture 

I don’t mean to submit any stereotypes, but the Southeast Wyoming Visitor Center is not at all what I would expect to see in terms of its design aesthetics. The building is… well… beautiful.

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Constructed out of concrete, glass, metal, wood, and, most importantly, rammed earth, the building shoots out of a hill and reaches towards the passing highway. As soon as I caught sight of it I immediately pulled over.

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Within the sharp exteriors are some very clean interiors, filled with natural light and new restrooms.

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All of the different materials seem to fit together rather naturally and make for a really nice experience.

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Like usual, I was to busy admiring architecture to even take notice of the actual exhibits present. So I don’t know that I learned anything about Wyoming, or if there is even anything to learn…

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There is an entire lower level that is dedicated as the offices of some kind of tourism bureau, and is not accessible without an escort. I managed to snap this picture down the hallway, but I recommend making an appointment with someone who works down there so you can see the whole thing. The main take-away: Go see this building. If you live in Colorado it isn’t too far away!

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If anything, it is an opportunity to see some beautiful rammed earth work in person!

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4 thoughts on “A Surprisingly Warm Welcome

  1. Thats Awesome! Thats one reason to think about stopping when driving through Wyoming.

  2. marksbroyles says:

    Fantastic building- thanks for posting, and great photos. I want to get up there to see it soon!

  3. Bruce Rose says:

    Really nice photography, Omar. It’s a delightful take on a nicely done building. I hope your grad school experience is rewarding. I wish you the best.

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