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Westminster University

Westminster University (Pillar of Fire), 3450 West 83rd Avenue (Click for map)

Students in front of Westminster UniversityA prominent New Yorker philanthropist, Henry J. Mayhem, was the first to visualize the concept of a university atop Crown Point, the highest point in what was then Arapahoe County. Upon purchasing a portion of the land, Mayhem convinced Rev. T.H. Hopkins D.D., Presbyterian Church of Denver, that it was an ideal site for a Presbyterian College. Hopkins organized a Board of trustees and incorporated the Westminster University of Colorado, which underwent its initial site designs in 1891. The final design proposal called for the facade of the structure to be made up of red sandstone from what is now the Red Rocks/Manitou area of Colorado. By 1893 the building was completed, but did not officially opened in 1908. It contained three floors, with parlors, classrooms, and offices. For several years the building would stand in isolation on the open prairie. While Pillar of Fire building as it stands todaywoman were admitted when the university opened in 1908, it was soon decided that only men be permitted as students. During World War II the male students were more interested in the military than continuing their education and the school closed its doors. In 1920, Westminster College was purchased by the Pillar of Fire Ministries, which reopened the school the following fall.

Today the Westminster University Building is a towering landmark that marks the campus for Belleview Christian Schools and AM 91 Radio, both ministries of the Pillar of Fire. Situated atop Crown Point, overlooking metro Denver, the Westminster University is a symbol of Westminster. 

 

Read more about this building and it's surrounding structures in the 2010 Reconnaissance Survey and Historical Context Report.   
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