Sunday, July 3, 2011

Day 125 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Antique Photos of Mr. Lawry

This photo is of the Hotel Boulderado in the early to mid 1970s and captures a local legend. The gentleman you see dozing off in his chair is Walter Lawry. Mr. Lawry was a common sight at the Boulderado during his later years, as he was one of our permanent residents. Beginning in the 1950s, the Boulderado noticed that a good deal of our business was heading for the new motels with swimming pools in town. To compensate for the lost revenue, the management accepted permanent residents who lived comfortably at the hotel. Rent was paid to the hotel manager, meals could be taken in our dining room, housekeeping and laundry needs were met by the staff, mail was collected at the front desk, and so on. Mr. Lawry became so famous within Boulder that the city named an alley, Lawry Lane, in his honor.