Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 41 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Honey Bee Portrait

This life-sized portrait looks over the staircase at the top of the stairs on the fifth floor. The woman in the portrait is Miss Honey Bee, and this portrait was commissioned by her father in the 1930s for her debutante moment into society at the age of 18. For many years, Miss Honey Bee taught music lessons to many of Boulder's children. When it came time for Miss Honey Bee to move into a retirement facility, she was unable to take the portrait with her because of its sheer size. She offered it to several local organizations, including the Boulder History Museum and Historic Boulder, but no one had a place large enough to hang the painting. Luckily, Miss Honey Bee often took lunch in the Hotel Boulderado's dining room, and there was a large empty wall space located on the fifth floor. Miss Honey Bee graciously donated the portrait to the hotel.