Resource Number: 161Historic Building Name: Shepard's CitationsCurrent Building Name: Young LifeAddress: 420 N. Cascade Ave.Architectural Style: Modern Movements/International StyleYear Built: 1947
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This building was built to house Shepard's Citations, renowned producer of legal publications. Shepard's Citations, first printed in 1873, were publications that referenced precedent and supported evidence in legal cases. They were produced for all the state and federal courts in the country, and lawyers throughout the U. S. used them as a vital research tool. In 1966, Shepard's Citations become part of McGraw-Hill.
The building is significant for its association with the growth of commerce and industry in the city during the post-war era. Shepard's Citations was a unique nationwide legal publishing business, and its decision to move its headquarters to Colorado Springs from Chicago after the World War II reflected the city's growing desirability as a relocation site for businesses. Designed by local architects Charles E. Thomas and Gordon Sweet, the building is an important representative of the transition between the Modernistic and International styles, with its flat roof, asymmetrical composition with varied roof heights and setbacks, large expanses of windows, use of glass blocks, and pared down ornamentation. The reinforced concrete construction also reflected the post-war scarcity of lumber, which was needed for veterans' housing.
Young Life, a non-denominational Christian youth organization, acquired and remodeled the building as its headquarters. National Register eligible.