Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Behold! One of the most mesmerizing, tantalizing, captivating sights to be found at the Hotel Boulderado! (... also known as the wine wall of Q's Restaurant)
Monday, May 30, 2011
Here's a close up shot of the face of the grandfather clock in the lobby. Click here to learn why the moon never moves.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Here's a close up shot for you of the antique fire extinguisher I shared with you a while back. You can actually see the instructions listed on the canister!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Continuing with my newfound obsession with light fixtures, I wanted to share these with you and also share with you an interesting history fact. The three light fixtures you see here can be found in the southeast hallway of the third floor of the Historic Section at the Hotel Boulderado. These three fixtures represent the last three original light fixtures from our dining room's original decor, dating all the way back to 1909. Since I learned this, I have thought of it every time I pass under these lights, knowing so many former guests and employees must have done the same.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Check out this old-school telephone in the display case. The long sheets of paper you see are original sign-in registers dating back from the 1930s.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
This is one of the other entrances to the Hotel Boulderado, found on Broadway. The awning welcomes guests to our Events Center in the North Wing.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I just love this antique mirror in 505, one of our Presidential Suites. Many brides have used this same mirror to prepare for their wedding, proving that when you stay at the Hotel Boulderado, you become a part of our history.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Remember when I shared the portrait of Honey Bee with you? Well, the dress that Honey Bee is wearing in the painting can also be found at the Hotel Boulderado. On the first floor of the North Wing, we have a display case containing the same dress. You might also notice a familiar-looking pair of red ballet shoes. They aren't the same pair, but rather one former employee's gift to the hotel as she departed. Summer was on staff here for nearly a decade, and one of her other passions besides the Boulderado is dance. Before she left, Summer took an old pair of ballet shoes, dyed them red, and gifted them to the hotel to be added to the display case with Honey Bee's dress.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I'm not entirely sure what my new fascination is with light fixtures, but I'm just going with it for now. Check out these lights that can be found in the foyer of our Events Center in the North Wing of the Hotel Boulderado.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Here's the stained-glass ceiling as seen from below, in the lobby. Whether you're close to it or further away, the beauty carries over any distance.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Next time you are in the Corner Bar for drinks and late-night munchies, check out the bar itself. There is so much detail, so much intricacy, that it's amazing. Plus, the mirror always reminds me of that one famous painting.
Friday, May 20, 2011
This is another behind the scenes photo that tends to crack me up. I snuck into a guest room that was being painted to show you exactly how we manage to paint without moving furniture too far: it gets stacked on top of each other in the bathroom. (No antiques were harmed in the painting of this room.)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I captured this shot of the Hotel Boulderado's cantilevered staircase at the top of the stairs on the fifth floor, looking down. You are looking directly three floors down -- that light source and armchair peeking out were on the Mezzanine level.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Here are some balconies seen on the Hotel Boulderado's south side of the Historic Section, just above the Spruce Street entrance. They were never functional, rather ornamental. Ornate iron balconies like this were popular with Victorians who loved embodying the neo-classical, Italianate styles in their daily life, hence why they were included in the architecture for our Victorian era hotel.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Whenever I look closely at the handles for the front doors to the Hotel Boulderado, the scrollwork never fails to remind me of owls. What do they remind you of?
Monday, May 16, 2011
Perhaps the Hotel Boulderado's most famous, beautiful, and versatile of all our function spaces, the Mezzanine is also, relatively speaking, a recent development. The Mezzanine was created from space that had been used as guest rooms on second floor of the Historic Section. Beginning in the late 1970s and continuing into the early 1980s, guest rooms were knocked out or converted to create a new spot where people could come together, gather, and celebrate. Everything from corporate luncheons to wedding receptions to Murder Mysteries take place on our Mezzanine.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
One of my friends in Maintenance, Randy, came to my desk one day and asked to borrow my camera. He returned with shot after shot of these gorgeous tulips found on the north side of the building, near the Events Center. People rarely see this flower bed because of its out-of-the-way location, so he wanted to make sure they were included in the 365 Days of Boulderado Photos. Thanks, Randy! They DO look like they belong in Holland!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Welcome to Room 409! This Boulderado King room sits on the southwest corner of the Historic Section with views of downtown Boulder and the Flatirons. Rumor has it that Jack Nicholson once stayed in this very room -- but neglected to tip the housekeeper! We don't hold it against Jack, because all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy indeed.
Friday, May 13, 2011
If you blink, you'll probably miss this lion's head guarding the keyhole to the closet under the staircase on the Mezzanine level of the Historic Section. (I once told a small child that this is the door to Narnia, and the lion was Aslan. He believed me. I believe myself, some days.)
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
This is a Victorian Hallway Tree that lives on the third floor of the Historic Section here at the Hotel Boulderado. The Victorians hadn't yet learned the beauty of built-in storage amenities like cabinets and closets. To compensate, they often favored furniture with storage options, like this hallway tree. A piece like this would stand in your entryway or the first hallway in your home. There are multiple levels of hooks to hang your hat and coat, and the seat lifts up to store away your boots.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Welcome to my office! I literally work out of a closet (affectionately known as "Cubby") in the Sales Office at the Hotel Boulderado. While it looks like a closet, it is actually part of a former hallway, which means that the entrance to Cubby used to be a hotel room door. You can still see where the transom would have been located, and even better, you can see one of the only remaining transom handles left in the building. Guests would use the transom handle to open or shut a small window located above their door to ventilate the room before air conditioning was introduced.
Monday, May 9, 2011
In this shot of the Hotel Boulderado, you can see the fire escape on the south side of the Historic Section. According to Silvia Pettem's Legend of a Landmark, "Fire escapes were put up in 1923, on the east, south, and west sides of the building. The action was prompted by a chimney fire in the attic above the service elevator on the northwest corner. Blackened rafters still can be seen inside."
Sunday, May 8, 2011
The standpipe you see here is original to the Hotel Boulderado from our 1909 opening. Standpipes were often installed in multi-story buildings so that firefighters could attach their hoses and put out any fires. Think of it as a fire hydrant, but indoors.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This radio keeps the Honey Bee portrait company near the stairs on the fifth floor of the Historic Section at the Hotel Boulderado. When we first opened, we had a small string orchestra to entertain guests in our lobby. Over the years, the orchestra was replaced by a Victrola, which was replaced by a radio (like the one you see above), which was replaced by a television. After that, televisions were installed in all the guest rooms, which were recently replaced by high-definition televisions. I can't help but wonder what those high-def TVs will be replaced by.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
From time to time, I run across a sight like this one and feel the need to capture it. What you are seeing are parts from the light fixtures on our skywalk. They were recently taken down to complete a painting project, and this is where I found them -- lined up on a windowsill, seemingly watching over the property.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Here is another antique photo we have on display. Pictured above is the old Interurban Station that was found at the intersection of Broadway and Pearl Streets. The Interurban made regular runs between Denver, Boulder, and Greeley.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Well, this exterior shot shows there are definitely some buds peeking out on the trees that surround the Hotel Boulderado. The other noticeable difference between this shot and the ones I took in March and April is the moody sky. Clouds come and go quickly in Boulder this time of year, and you can see how the Boulderado looks up against the cloudy backdrop.