Updated: Jul 21

Dear Historic Boulder Community,  If you're feeling anything like I am these days, you could use a good laugh. I first heard this remake a few days ago on the car radio, after a particularly stressful trip to the grocery store. Jimmy Fallon got his friends, Sting and The Roots, together to remind people...Don't Stand So Close To Me! This self-isolation edition, complete with pillow percussion and Connect-4 sound effects, is my Covid-19 anthem. I hope this is a bright spot in your day. Hang in there, friends!  With gratitude,  Jamie Boyle Interim Executive Director

We Love Our Landmarks! 2440 Kohler Dr., aka The McDonald House Congratulations to the City of Boulder Landmarks Boardand Preservation Staff! Since the City adopted their Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1974, they have designated 200 local landmarks. That's 200 unique, important structures that make up Boulder's historic fabric - SAVED! Now let's keep that number growing! Notably, 2440 Kohler Dr, now to be known as The McDonald House, is a mid-century modern design. It was commissioned by the current owners, Alice and Don McDonald in 1967. They hired local architect George Norman Wells after searching to find someone who could turn their Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired dream home into a reality. A keen eye will identify numerous Frank Lloyd Wright motifs in the design of the home. Starting with its positioning on the lot, we can see that the home is set back farther on the lot than its neighbors, both providing additional privacy and allowing the architect to nestle the house into the crest of a hill. The architect also relies on the repetition of a simple geometric shape, the hexagon. The hexagon informs both the floor plan and smaller design elements, such as tile shape, throughout the home. Furthermore, the architect's attention to artistic details, such as interlacing brick patterns, create a cohesive and harmonious design. Thank you to the City of Boulder Landmarks Board and Preservation Staff, and also to Don and Alice for being such great stewards of local history!

Coming Soon, hopefully History Hikes Covid-19 Update: At the time of publication, the first and second History Hikes of the Spring/Summer series are postponed until further notice. We hope to be able to pick up the program when local restrictions are lifted, but we also want your feedback. As a part of our community, when would you feel safe participating in a History Hike? Please, let us know!  Once it's safe for us all to emerge, we'll be itching to explore the trails while we learn about local history! The Spring/Summer series will be led again by Eric Malmborg with Bolder Adventure Travel: - POSTPONED - Marshall Mesa Trail

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- POSTPONED - Chautauqua Park, plus happy hour at Chautauqua Dining            Hall. 

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- Tuesday, June 2nd: 5pm - 7pm at Eldorado Canyon State Park

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We are also pleased to announce that local historian and naturalist Suzanne Michaud will be joining our team! She will lead the Summer/Fall series - - Tuesday, July 28th: 5:30pm - 7:45pm at the Chautauqua Cabins, Cottages and Quarries

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- Thursday, August 27th: 5:30pm - 7:45pm at Chautauqua to Woods Quarry

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- Saturday, September 26th: 10:30am - 12:45pm at Centennial Trailhead on                 Mount Sanitas

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Please visit our website for additional details about each hike. Tickets will be available online once we know that we can move forward with the events. Cost: $15 for Historic Boulder members and $25 for non-members.

Preservation Advocacy Boulder Theater Façade Restoration to Continue!  Historic Boulder continues to work closely with The Boulder Theater and local specialists to assess and repair the theater's iconic facade. Major assessments have been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions, but work will resume as soon as it is safe.  Easement Inspection Program  Looking for a way to learn and give back to Historic Boulder? Want to do your part to protect local landmarks? We are currently recruiting volunteers to be part of our easements inspection team this summer. Please reach out for more information!

Business Member Spotlight Janet Z Real Estate Janet and Dave Scott are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Janet Z Real Estate. They have been members of HistoricBoulder since 2015, and they transitioned to a Business Membership in 2019. Throughout their time with Historic Boulder, they have attended and volunteered at several of our major events, including their favorites: the Homes for the Holidays tour and Month of Modern activities. In fact, they love Mid-Century Modern so much that they travel to Palm Springs - a veritable Mecca for Mid-Mod fans - each year for their famous tours. They are even the proud owners of a Charles Haertling home, the Willard House. The Willard House was named a Structure of Merit by the City of Boulder in 2014. Janet and Dave purchased the property from the original owners, who had made no significant alterations or updates. Now, Janet and Dave are carefully considering their options for moving foward - they must balance their respect for the original character and materials with the need to make the home livable - a tight rope to walk for anyone who appreciates historic buildings. Being the owners of a Haertling, as well as dedicated Mid-Mod lovers, Janet and Dave are in a special position to help people buy, sell, and even to understand their own unique homes from this time period.  Thanks for being part of our community, Janet Z Real Estate! 

Notes from The Board Join Our Board of Directors Historic Boulder is looking for skilled individuals with an interest in historic preservation to join our Board of Directors. Board members are responsible for providing leadership support to Historic Boulder and serving as active advocates of Historic Boulder’s mission. Expectations include providing support for projects and initiatives approved by the board, participating in board meetings and events, participating in at least one board committee, engaging in strategic and organizational planning, supporting bylaws and policies, assisting with fiduciary oversight and financial management, and maintaining an active membership with the organization. Join A Committee In addition to Board Members, we are looking for experienced volunteers to join some of our Standing Committees. We currently have vacancies in the following standing committees: 

  • Preservation Committee 

  • This Committee shall review Historic Boulder preservation projects, programs and activities related to preservation and recommend to the Board of Directors preservation projects, programs and activities relating to (i) land, buildings or structures, including without limitation, purchases, acceptances of donations or gifts, other acquisitions, renovations, moves, sales, other transactions or dispositions; (ii) educational programs; (iii) public policy matters concerning preservation issues; (iv) preservation grant applications and (v) other matters concerning preservation.

  • Fundraising Committee

  • This Committee shall develop fundraising plans. Coordinate annual giving, sponsorships and special events such as house tours; conduct other capital campaigns; and oversee grant applications other than those relating to preservation projects.

  • Marketing and Social Media Committee

  • This Committee shall advise all other committees in communications with the membership and the general public; may develop marketing and public relations plans; and shall perform other duties as assigned by the Board.

Historic Boulder is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is not connected to or affiliated with the City of Boulder Historic Preservation Program or Landmarks Board. To apply for these volunteer, unpaid positions, please email us your resume and personal statement of interest. Feel free to reach out with any questions! 

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