How do you move five old fine printing presses, weighing up to 3,500 pounds, keeping them from damage and misalignment? Very carefully, and with the help of a moving truck, forklift, and tow truck.
CC moved the 31-year-old Press at Colorado College’s collection of printing presses and lead type from the basement of Jackson House to a new home in Taylor Hall in mid-August. Five presses, including one built in 1895 and one weighing 3,500 pounds, and more than 500 cases of lead type were transported across campus in a move that involved removing doors, windows, and a retaining wall from Jackson House.
The Press at Colorado College is now more accessible for disabled persons, as well as campus and community groups such as schoolchildren. To celebrate The Press’s move, renowned curator and book arts scholar Betty Bright delivered a lecture on the history of The Press at Colorado College and The Press held an open house at its new digs for those who wanted a tour.
Since it was founded in 1978 by Art Professor Jim Trissel, The Press at Colorado College has created beautiful books, broadsides, and ephemera, with some of its publications included in the New York Public Library’s collections of the finest books printed in each decade. To learn more, visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu/thepress