Monday, March 22, 2010

The Porch Room

If you're in Boulder today, you know that calling the weather gorgeous is putting it mildly. The temp is in the 60s, there's more sunshine than I know what to do with, and the Pearl Street Mall is bustling with musicians and shoppers.

Speaking of sunshine, one of the best function rooms for sun in the Hotel Boulderado wasn't a room at all when we opened in 1909. The Porch Room, as it's now known, was originally an open-air veranda that hotel guests could stroll along and enjoy the bright Colorado sunshine. It was from this spot that Betty Mark and her classmates watched the first Boulder courthouse burn down in 1932. Eventually, the Porch was closed off and converted into an actual room in 1977. And as we learned from a previous blog post, the Porch was where our celebrated Q's Restaurant got their start. Here's a couple of photos of how the Porch Room looks now (both photos courtesy of Alison M. Fleetwood, Jr.):

The Porch Room is also significant in that it represents an exception to our "Tree Name Rule." Almost every function space at the Hotel Boulderado has been named after trees: Evergreen, Balsam, Alpine, Spruce, and so on. The only exceptions are the Porch Room and the Mezzanine, and those names are a reflection of the hotel's history. Stay tuned to learn more about the history of the Boulderado!