Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm taking a moment today to wish Pete Morrison, our Banquet Chef, a very happy birthday! Pete creates the menus offered through the Hotel Boulderado's catering department and makes sure that everything runs smoothly in the kitchen. Pete works closely with Belem, Tom, and others in making sure that every guest served by the staff finds their meal delicious, flavorful, and of the highest quality -- the Boulderado standard! Happy Birthday, Pete!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
These days, the staircase is utilized in Boulderado wedding ceremonies, which are happening more and more frequently now that wedding season is upon us. The bride and the person who gives her away descend from the third floor and walk down to the landing between the lobby and Mezzanine. As they walk down the stairs to the landing, they are flanked by bridal attendants and groomsmen standing on the stairs. The wedding guests are seated along the railing on either side of the Mezzanine and watch over the ceremony. Once at the landing, the bride joins the groom and their officiant, and when they next take the stairs up to the Mezzanine to begin their reception, it is as husband and wife.
Friday, June 19, 2009
In recognition of the Hotel Boulderado's 100 Year Anniversary in 2009, I've decided to profile several of our signature guest rooms and suites over the coming months. Last time we took a peek inside 509, a richly decorated Classic King in the historic section. Today I'm showing you Room 444, another Classic King room, but this one is in our North Wing.
The North Wing was constructed in two phases during the 1980s. It was during the second addition in 1989 that room 444 was built. Here is a photo of the room during the construction phase:
Stay tuned for upcoming profiles of other guest rooms at the Hotel Boulderado!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
"When I first came to Boulder with my new husband I took a job as a waitress on the first floor of the Boulderado -- this was 1971-1972. At that time there were some full-time residents at the hotel. I remember an elderly gentleman who ate very little healthy food but loved his pie. We all tried to get him to eat a little more of his meal before he ate the pie. He would also give us his paperback books that he had finished. He dressed impeccably and was always so very polite -- he was from another era. The Boulderado was a bit unorganized but there were beautiful antiques all around and it still smelled and looked like olden days (no remodels yet). My parents and my husband's parents would always stay on the fourth floor corner with a view of the mountains when they came to visit. The hotel was a bargain in those days."
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Bands on the Bricks takes place on the 1300 block of Pearl Street on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. The lineup for the 2009 season is as follows:
June 10th ~ Funkiphino
June 17th ~ Soul Sacrifice
June 24th ~ The Informants
July 1st ~ The Champions
July 8th ~ Fab 4
July 15th ~ Hazel Miller
July 22nd ~ Home Slice Band
July 29th ~ The Legendary Nikators
August 5th ~ Chris Daniels and The Kings
August 12th ~ Opie Gone Bad
Noon Tunes also takes place on the 1300 block of Pearl Street, but on Fridays from noon to 1:30pm. The lineup for the 2009 season is as follows:
June 12th ~ 17th Avenue All Stars
June 19th ~ Beloved Invaders
June 26th ~ The Cantralls
July 3rd ~ FlexiGrass with Pete Wernick
July 10th ~ Spring Creek
July 17th ~ Rhythm Angels
July 24th ~ Finders and Youngberg
July 31st ~ Red Apple Highway
August 7th ~ Arapahoe Blue Grass
August 14th ~ DVs and Chantel and Friends
Monday, June 1, 2009
When the Hotel Boulderado first opened in 1909, a colorful and ornate stained-glass ceiling hovered over the lobby and Mezzanine. The glass was from Italy and was high-quality enough to be used in European cathedrals. Few pictures captured the true beauty of the original ceiling, as most of them are in black and white. A rare color photo, seen below, from the Howard family collection (c.1960) shows off the patterns and hues of the ceiling.
In 1959, a late-season snowstorm came to Boulder. At the time, only a skylight separated the canopy ceiling from the elements. When the skylight gave way under the heavy, wet snow, the ceiling was the next stop, and two panels broke under the weight. It wasn't until September of 1960 that the rest of the cathedral glass was removed and taken down to the basement. The ceiling remained bare for some months until management installed red, white, and blue Plexiglas panels. Ed Howard, who owned and operated the Boulderado in the 1960s, struggled to find someone who would want the original panels from the ceiling. Americans were not as concerned with historical preservation as they would be in future decades, and no local organization responded to Howard's pleas. The feeling at the time was that the ceiling was old-fashioned and outdated, and the Plexiglas was installed to bring some modernity to the hotel. Howard eventually had to move the ceiling panels to the local dump.
In the late 1970s, William Brantmeyer took over management of the Boulderado, and vowed to replace "that awful Plexiglas." He dreamed of restoring the ceiling to its original stained-glass and enlisted the help of local artisan Maria Garcia. Garcia and her husband worked out of a hotel room (#202, now converted into the Driftwood Room) for several months painstakingly designing, cutting, and installing the glass. The photos below document Garcia's work and the transition from the Plexiglas to the ceiling we recognize today. (Photos courtesy of Garcia)
A Life Exposed Photography