Historic Boulder fosters the spirit and benefits of preservation through advocacy, education, rehabilitation and celebration.
Preservation advocacy in this, our 50th year, has included successfully pursuing landmark designation of the modernist Midland Savings / Atrium Building, seeking protection for a new historic district arrayed around the Huntington Bandshell in Central Park, supporting the Rotary Club in their efforts to protect the ‘9-mile’ WWI monuments, and communicating with the City planning staff to revise an outdated demolition ordinance.
We presented three tours of historic properties to our members and the public…… at Central Park, the Modern highlights in and around the Civic Center, and a tour of the Geological Society of America which is earmarked to be redeveloped as affordable housing.
We also reopened the dialogue with the University of Colorado, providing a class on architecture in central Boulder, gave a lecture on the important design work of the architecture firm of Hobart Wagener, and explained how the progressive spirit of architecture fostered the same throughout Boulder.
We continued to offer ‘history hikes’ on the trails around Boulder, including little known historical structures on Mount Sanitas, Chautauqua, Woods Quarry and the Flatirons.
We continued to collaborate with the Boulder Valley School District on a middle school essay contest. Students focused their research and writing on environmental history and under-represented voices and perspectives.
Finally, Historic Boulder is developing several virtual walking tours…… converting our existing ‘paper’ tours of historic districts to digital ones, developing a survey of Modernist buildings with the idea to turn that into several tours, and finalizing a tour of the neighborhood of many of Boulder's early black citizens.
Historic Boulder is involved in the ongoing financial and administrative co-sponsorship of a State Historic Preservation Fund grant for the repair of the façade of the Boulder Theater. This iconic Art-Deco building is in the heart of Boulder's Downtown Historic District (on the National, state and local historic registers). Damages to the roof and stucco are being assessed and rehabilitation plans are not far behind.
We are working to assist several homeowners to advise them on restoring their historic properties. These include a ranch estate north of Lyons, a family home in the Whittier neighborhood, and an historic one-room schoolhouse in Valmont.
Our Annual Meeting this year was held on Zoom, but several other events to celebrate our 50th year took place live and in person. These included a member appreciation party at a landmarked home in University Hill, a patron event at the landmarked ‘Castle’ house, and a Partner appreciation party at the famous car collection of Stephen Tebo.
Our ‘Meet the Spirits’ event returned in October at the Columbia Cemetery. Eight hundred people enjoyed hearing the stories of pioneers of Boulder through the volunteer efforts of more than 20 reenactors. We are finishing the year with our ‘Homes for the Holidays’ tour with 5 historic properties dating from 1897 to 1925.