Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 365 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Last Photo

I hope one thing is abundantly clear from my 365 Days of Boulderado Photos -- I LOVE THIS HOTEL!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 364 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ 360 Cubby

Most people who know me know I work out of a closet in our office, Cubby. I wanted to share what it looks like, but it's a tough spot to photograph! I finally settled on a 360 degrees shot that lets you see everything at once. To view it larger and in more detail, visit this link.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 363 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Boulderado Double Daylily

As my 365 Days photo project comes to a close, I've been reflecting on what I DIDN'T manage to photograph and share. At the top of this list is a blooming Boulderado double daylily. Ruth Schultz, who cultivated the Boulderado Double Daylily, generously gave us some bulbs that we planted on Spruce Street. Last summer, they sprouted and grew but didn't mature before winter arrived. I had hoped to be able to share a photo of them blooming, and I haven't given up on that hope, but it will come to late for the 365 Days of Boulderado Photos.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 362 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ iPod Docking Station

One thing I've learned working at a historic hotel is that whatever up-to-the-minute technology you have will become obsolete, like our radio. With that being said, I am very excited about the latest round of upgrades taking place in our guest rooms. We have begun the process of swapping out the alarm clock radios and are replacing them with models that you can plug your iPod into. Eventually (and inevitably) these will become obsolete, but for the meantime, I know our guests will love them!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Day 361 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Lobby Floral Arrangement

Every time I feel the "winter blues" coming on, I force myself down to the lobby and focus on the beautiful fresh flowers Living Interiors bring in each week. How can you look at them and NOT think of spring?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day 360 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Oversized Wine Bottles

It's getting very close to the end of the 365 Days project here on the blog, and I'm starting to feel excitement (and a wee bit of relief). I wish that when it's over, I can crack open a bottle of champagne as big as the ones seen in this photo!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 359 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Stained Glass Ceiling Sprinkler Head

When I give history tours, I say, "There are sixty 2" by 2" panels, each of which contains about 42 pieces of glass." Using simple math, you would assume there are 2,520 pieces, right?
Wrong. Embedded in the stained-glass are sprinkler heads poking their way in, as you can see in the photo here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 358 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Finished Product from Mezz Railing Refinishing

Ta da! This is the finished product of the refinishing for our Mezzanine railing, all shiny and fresh for wedding season!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 357 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Reinforcements

Whenever I pass one of the housekeeping carts in the hallway, I always hear Audrey Hepburn's voice from Breakfast at Tiffany's: "Oh, look! Reinforcements."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 356 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ John Platt's Library

If you're aspiring to be the next Chef John Platt, this is a great way to get started. These are just a few of the cookbooks and guides John has in the Q's kitchen. What better way to get inside a chef's head than getting a sneak peek at his library!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 355 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Catacombs Stained Glass

This is from my favorite spot in Catacombs. I loved it so much I celebrated my 23rd birthday under it -- over a year before I started working at the Boulderado!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 354 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Mezz Railing Refinishing Booth

This makeshift booth has been making its way around the Mezzanine as the railing refinishing project continues in preparation of wedding season. It keeps the sanding noise and refinishing lacquer smells to a minimum. Can't wait to share the finished project with you!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 353 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Plaza Fountain

It's about this time of year I start wishing for winter to be over so the warm weather and flowers will come back to Boulder. I saved this photo of the fountain on our Plaza to remind me that seasons do change (eventually) and soon enough the Plaza will be flooded with green, purple, pink, yellow, and blue.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day 352 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Stained Glass Ceiling in Table's Reflection

Check out the half-circle table in our lobby -- it's been polished to such a high shine that you can see the reflection of the stained-glass ceiling in it!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day 351 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Victorian Card

Happy Valentine's Day! This is a wedding card located in one of our display cases on the third floor of the Historic Section at the Hotel Boulderado. Just too perfect NOT to use today!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 350 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Detail on Spruce Window

This detail even snuck up on me! I never noticed this scrollwork on the window frame of the Spruce Room from the outside until I was on the photoshoot for the last photo in the 365 Days series. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to figure out a way to get it in.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 349 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Detail on Typewriter

This is a closeup shot of the typewriter located in our modern-day Business Center. And even though it says "Silent," it still works!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day 348 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Wallpaper in 300

This is one of the brightest and most cheerful wallpaper patterns we have here at the Hotel Boulderado. It never fails to make me think of springtime. Sometimes during the winter, I will pop into a room with this wallpaper just to get me out of that "winter funk."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Day 347 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Victorian Touches

Sometimes when you are trying to bring a period to life, it is the little details and touches that make the difference. This is one of those examples. None of what you see in this photo is antique or authentically from the Victorian era. But potted ferns are a must in Victorian decor, and the vase and box look like they belong in a home during that era as well.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 346 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Corner Bar Signs

The Corner Bar has it's own fair share of history here at the Hotel Boulderado. Before it was a bar, it was used as a barbershop and the Western Union office for the city of Boulder. Next time you are drinking a martini or chowing down on late-night nachos, pause to reflect on the history just one small space at the Boulderado has been witness to.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 345 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Business Center Typewriter

Many hotel guests find our Business Center helpful, whether it's to write an email, print a boarding pass, or check the weather on a destination. What they usually don't expect to see is the subject of this photo -- an antique typewriter. And it still works!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 344 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Caution Tape on Mezzanine

If you have stopped by the Boulderado in the last week or so, you may have noticed some "CAUTION" tape on the Mezzanine. Don't worry, this isn't a crime scene for a Murder Mystery! The railing on our Mezzanine is being refinished over the next several weeks. The top of the railing in this photo has already been completed. Isn't it beautiful?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 343 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Soft Seating Next to Elevator

Hard to believe this photo was taken in 2012, not 1912 . . . Although I suppose the electric light gave it away, huh?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 342 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Wallpaper in Reservations Nook

This is one of the softest and gentlest wallpaper patterns we have at the Boulderado. It has been used in guest rooms as well as the nook for the Reservations Department and the Business Center.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 341 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Q's Restaurant Entrance from Outside

This is the entrance to Q's Restaurant that leads to the outside; there are two other entrances for guests, but they exit into the lobby and foyer.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 340 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Daily Camera Announcement

This was another photo I had to sneak into the general manager's office for. (I've noticed that I have to sneak to a lot of places in the 365 project . . . Just call me the Boulderado ninja!) This is a copy of the paper from January 1st, 1909, announcing the Hotel Boulderado's opening and reporting on our open house.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day 339 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Sun Streaming Through Iron Curlicues

I only wanted to capture the intricacy of the railing found at our 13th Street entrance; I never expected it would turn out this well, with the bright morning sun streaming through it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 338 of 365 Days of Boulderado Photos ~ Exterior in February

With this photo, I'm beginning to feel things start to come full circle in this 365 Days project. On the first day of each month since March, I have been taking a photo of the Hotel Boulderado from the same spot at about the same time of day, to show the different seasons, weather, and light that the Boulderado greets each day.