Here is more of the original tile floor found in our lobby. This particular section can be found in the west part of the lobby between the kitchen of Q's Restaurant and the office of our General Manager, Sid Anderson.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
BBRRRRRRRINNNNNG! That's the sound you hear when you call our 1906 Otis elevator in the Historic Section. This is the bell responsible for that big noise. When a guest on a particular floor calls the elevator, the bell rings to let the elevator attendant know, then he or she looks at the panel attached to the bell. There should be a light lit up corresponding to the correct floor, letting the attendant know which floor the guest is waiting on.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I absolutely love this hat perched on top of the mannequin head! Reminds me of the days when the Gift Shop was the ladies reading room when we first opened.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Here is the other side of the Front Desk with the rest of the managers portrait collection, continued from yesterday. This part of the collection features Bill & Winnie Hutson, Ralph Hume, Ed Howard, and Louis Winterberger.
Friday, August 26, 2011
If you have ever been in the lobby at the Hotel Boulderado, you have probably noticed the collection of portraits hanging just by our Front Desk. Each portrait represents a former manager of the Hotel Boulderado. This shot shows you William Beattie, Hugh Mark, W.P. Pope, and James Baker, representing our managers from 1912 to 1939.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This little treasure was brought to me from our archives specifically to be included in the 365 Days of Boulderado Photos. It is a sugar bowl from our dining room's opening in 1909. Trust me -- it's a lot heavier than it looks!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This is one of the many fainting couches we have here at the Hotel Boulderado. Fainting couches were very popular among Victorian women. People go back and forth about whether fainting couches were popularized because of corsets or hysteria, but either way, fainting couches are a great place to lie down.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Here is a shot of our Mezzanine as seen from the southwest corner. This vantage point shows off the ceiling and the staircase in addition to all the classic woodwork and decor.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I recently sneaked into the catering kitchen to grab some images for the 365 Days of Boulderado Photos. Sometimes when I'm in the fridge or freezer I'm reminded of all the food in the kitchen of the hotel featured in The Shining. This shot shows off all the different varieties and quantities we have just for cheese.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Here is another behind the scenes photo. This is a part of the Sales Office, and used to be a hallway leading to guest rooms -- hence, why there is a door in the middle of the wall on the right side. The other part of the hallway was renovated into the cubby/closet I work out of.
Friday, August 19, 2011
This is a shot of the staircase as it descends into the basement of the Hotel Boulderado, nowadays known as the Catacombs Bar.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It's that time of year again when the students come back to school and Boulder is flooded with thousands of incoming freshmen and their families. We love having the students back, as this sign proudly declares on our Concierge Desk.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Here is a shot of the dance floor on our Mezzanine from behind the bar. This area was the first, in the late 1970s, to have the guest rooms removed and a function space added. The trend would continue through the next decade, as all the guest rooms were taken from the Mezzanine in favor of function spaces and offices.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I snapped this photo the other day while admiring how the light filtering down the skywalk and through the Mezzanine looked with some cocktail glasses hanging to catch it.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
This is one of those quintessentially classic Victorian wallpaper patterns found here at the Hotel Boulderado. This particular pattern is located in 405.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
In the Historic Section of the Hotel Boulderado, there is a distinctive covering on the lower half of the walls. If you look closely at this photo, you can see the textured pattern raised. This is something known as anaglypta wainscoting and was a favorite among the Victorians.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Have you ever wondered why the windows at the Hotel Boulderado had two different shapes? Some of them are rectangular, while others curve at the top. This is a reflection of the Italian Renaissance architecture that partly inspired the design of the Boulderado.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Did you hear the news? The Catacomb's Bar is working on a patio! Here is a shot of the work in progress, commonly known around the building as "Phase One."
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
This shot shows off the original tile work that creeps under the door and into the elements at the south entrance to the lobby of the Hotel Boulderado.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Back when the Hotel Boulderado first opened, cigars were sold to the gentlemen. A longtime employee who is integral to our historical preservation brought the cigar box you see here to me for inclusion in the 365 Days of Boulderado Photos.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
This is a shot of the Hotel Boulderado's exterior on the west side of the building, which, as you can see, has a healthy ivy plant crawling its way up.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Today, this is the patio that leads to the Spruce Room at the Hotel Boulderado. But did you know that the Spruce Room used to be the location for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce from the 1930s through the 1970s? Just one more historical fact that suggests the Hotel Boulderado is (and has been) the "community" hotel of Boulder.
Friday, August 5, 2011
What you are seeing here is more than just two carpet patterns meeting. The red side is the Historic Section, and the blue leads you over the skywalk and into the North Wing.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Here's some more leaded glass we have here at the Hotel Boulderado, this time acting as a divider for the bar in Q's Restaurant.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The gentleman you see in this photo is Fred Weber, who was a bellman here at the Hotel Boulderado in 1910. Fred earned $10 a month on salary with $30 in tips during the same time period.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This photo shows a close up of a page from the Colorado State Business Directory, and is one of the oldest advertisements of the Hotel Boulderado we have on display here at the hotel. It dates back to the 1920s or 1930s, when Hugh Mark was the manager, and boasts of being "thoroughly modern" with an "excellent cafe" and "private banquet room."
Monday, August 1, 2011
Blue skies are back in this exterior shot of the Hotel Boulderado. I also love the bright yellow taxi waiting outside for a guest pickup, not to mention the window on the east side that is entirely encircled with ivy.