Aurora’s Piece of Presidential History

In 1955, the Anschutz Medical Campus was host to a rather famous patient – President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

After 27 holes of golf at Cherry Hills Country Club, President Eisenhower (known as Ike) suffered a major heart attack and was transferred to Building 500. Perched above Colfax in Suite 8002, Ike and First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, spent seven weeks at the hospital. Their suite was located in Colorado’s tallest building in the 1950’s, giving the Eisenhower’s an incredible view of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. The modest recovery floor included a second bedroom used by the Secret Service (now visitor parlor), nurses station, dining room, Mamie’s room, Ike’s room, the Bushnell Auditorium, and the West Roof Deck.

With medical advancements on the rise, a skilled team of physicians and nurses aided the president during his stay. Ike’s road to recovery is considered by many to be the first step in developing national coronary awareness. Education on heart disease and its preventable risk factors, like smoking and obesity, played a new role in modern American medicine.

Today, the 8th-floor suite of Building 500 has been restored to its 1955 setup. Visitors are welcome to take a free, educational tour of the suite. To get started, contact the Office of Building 500 at (303) 724- 5369 or request a tour online here.

Special thanks to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


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