Interior photograph of the Fitzsimons General Hospital Main building's stairs coming from the first floor with a balcony, skylight, and columns. Building is located in Aurora, Colorado. Built as a federally funded public works project during the 1930s, the Main Hospital Building (Building 500), at Fitzsimons General Hospital opened in 1941 on the grounds of the World War I era Fitzsimons General Hospital. Upon completion, is was the largest building in the state, the largest Army general hospital in the country, and the first important permanent building erected at Fitzsimons. An eight floor suite of rooms served as President Eisenhower's office and bedroom for seven weeks while he recuperated from a heart attack in 1955. The Main Hospital Building is an example of the Modernistic style developed by private architects. The building's architecture represented state-of-the-art construction for military general hospitals, reflected in the stepped and terraced plan which allowed maximum sunshine, fresh air, and scenic views. As the largest building in the state at the time of its construction, it quickly became a visual landmark in the region.
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