Freedom School

Designated: March 24, 2015
Location: Larkspur/Pike National Forest
Current Owner: Douglas County School District
Nominated By: Barbara Darden and Mary Ann Gabriel

Historic Significance

In 1955, Robert LeFevre established the Freedom School as a fulltime graduate school that focused on teaching and spreading the Libertarian philosophy and movement.  The school officially opened on June 3, 1957, with its first class of four students, who attended the Freedom School’s two week summer sessions.   By late-1963 the Freedom School’s name was officially changed to Rampart College.

The  period of significance is from 1955-1968; the timeframe when Robert LeFevre purchased the property and began constructing the buildings to operate the college.  LeFevre worked throughout his life to teach his belief in economic freedom.

The property is significant for its contribution towards the creation and growth of the Libertarian movement in the United States.  Many well-known and influential executives attended this school, including: the Koch Brothers of Koch Industries; Ludwig Heinrich Elder von Misas, a philosopher and Austrian School economist; Milton Freidman, an American economist and professor at the University of Chicago, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Any Rand, the famous author, playwright, and philosopher; the Hunt Brothers, well-known oil and silver speculators; Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist; and Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the popular journalist and political theorist.

There are 13 contributing structures that were built during the property’s period of significance; this is when the Freedom School and Rampart College taught students about Libertarianism.  There are several dormitories, administration and maintenance buildings, and lodges that were constructed for the teachers and faculty.  The architectural style of the property is characterized as Rustic, meaning the buildings are designed to blend with the surroundings and the natural environment.  They are constructed of stone and logs.  This architectural style is usually found in vacation homes, dude ranches, and tourist-related facilities.

Freedom School 77 Freedom School Sign Freedom School 71 1956 - Columbine Lodge Freedom School 74 Thunderbird lodge in background, Falcon under construction Entry Sign Freedom