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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

Center of Preservation Research

Melanie Shellenbarger

Melanie Shellenberger

Senior Instructor, Research Associate CoPR

Melanie teaches global and American architectural history lecture courses and cultural studies seminars. Her research interests lie in the exploration of the complementary and dynamic intersections inherent in the “layered landscapes” of wilderness and culture and how the study of the built environment informs their interpretation. She is interested in tourism and the American West and their analogous roles as generators of American cultural identity.

Melanie continues her research in the emergence and development of the early second homes of Colorado and the Mountain West (1880 – 1940) as vehicles of individual agency and invention; strong barometers of cultural convention and identity, including notions of tradition and modernity; and access points for examining regional landscapes.

Research Interests: Dwellings, Cultural and Wilderness Landscapes in the American West, American Architecture, Vernacular Architecture, Tourism

Center of Preservation Research (CoPR)

Ekaterini Vlahos, • Phone: 303-556-6502
CoPR Office: phone: 303-315-5871 • fax: 303-315-5872
Location: 1250 14th Street, 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80202
Mailing Address: Campus Box 126, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364

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