Christmas and New Year's are just around the corner. How did that happen and where did 2019 go? Historic Boulder has much to be thankful for as 2019 comes to a close. We enjoyed continued support from the community and most of our events sold out. History Hikes, NIST tours, Music and Counterculture tour, Salon Series Lectures, members appreciation party and the Holiday Home Tour were all hits. We were awarded a grant from the State Historical Preservation Fund to assess the facade of the Boulder Theater, and Historic Boulder will be proceeding with that project in early 2020. The next step is to apply for a construction grant to implement the necessary repairs. Stay tuned in 2020 for more information! Historic Boulder was also awarded a generous SCFD grant, and we thank them for their continued support. We owe many thanks to Carol Taylor, our former executive director, who retired in October. Her knowledge of Boulder's history and thoughtful leadership throughout the year are so appreciated. Historic Boulder wishes her all the best. We also gratefully welcome Jamie Boyle who stepped in as interim executive director and guided us through the Holiday Home Tour and the end of the year. Here's wishing you all a happy holiday season. See you in 2020! It's a Wrap: 34th Annual Homes for the Holidays Tour Our 34th Annual Homes for the Holidays Tour--Farmhouses in Winter--was a huge success. We were lucky to have a beautiful weekend with relatively warm temperatures, despite the continued snow melting from the Thanksgiving storm. Our 6 participating florists went all-out in their decorations. The homes and arrangements were festive and beautiful. There was a ballot box for votes for favorite decor and EVERY home and florist received many votes. Congratulations to the WINNER, JUNIPER AND TWINE, who decorated the Peach Way home. Please see the business spotlight about them below. The tour would not have been possible without our sponsors, farmhouse owners, volunteers, artists, food trucks, and tour visitors. All-in-all, there were close to 650 participants!! Thank you to each and every one of you. We got many compliments about how friendly and helpful our volunteers were. A special shout-out to our Interim Executive Director, Jamie Boyle, who not only worked double-time, but also delayed her honeymoon to pull this tour off!! THANK YOU ALL!
Preservation Advocacy Historic Boulder submitted an individual landmark application for Marpa House to the City of Boulder in July. The original building was designed in 1923 by Fisher and Fisher for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Fisher and Fisher were prominent Denver architects who designed dozens of notable buildings. Of the 67 surviving buildings they designed, 50 are either listed on the US National Register of Historic Places or are eligible for listing. In 1956, Victor Langhart designed an addition to the southeast of the building. Victor formerly worked in James Hunter's office at the same time as Hobart Wagener. In 1966 he joined with John Rogers and Jerome Nagel to form RNL, a top local and international award-winning firm. The building originally housed SAE and then Zeta Beta Tau, a national Jewish fraternity. In 1977 it was sold to Vajradhatu and became Marpa House, a Buddhist cooperative living community. The Landmarks Board held a hearing December 4 and passed a motion for its landmarking. It now will go to City Council for a final hearing.
Business Spotlight Congratulations to Juniper and Twine--the winner of our Holiday Home Tour decoration competition! Susy Tallman Shams opened Juniper and Twine in August 2019 inside the Niwot Market taking over Niwot Florist. Nina, Susy's daughter, is managing the store. For the Peach Way home on the Holiday Home tour, Nina built all the outdoor pots and the table centerpieces. Susy created the door swags and wreaths. Peggy Qualls is their very experienced cohort who builds all the faux pieces and guides and teaches them daily. Jenny Robinson is their plant gal who also does most of the deliveries. Before opening Juniper and Twine, Susy was a caterer and event planner for decades, providing flowers and tent decor that she produced herself, as well as food and specialty rentals. She retired several years ago, but flowers and working with customers was in her wheelhouse. Nina grew up in that business, so it’s in her blood too! Juniper and Twine specializes in florals, plants, and small gifts. They love being in Niwot Market with the Steel family, who provide a ton of support and lots of built in shoppers!