Historic Happenings, September 2020

Call to Action: Help protect the Dushanbe Teahouse! Dear Historic Boulder Community, In January of this year, the nonprofit group Friends of Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse submitted a landmark application on the iconic building we all know and love next to the Boulder Creek Path. It was the result of many years of research and preparation by some of Boulder's most knowledgeable preservationists, including some members of Historic Boulder. We at HB were ecstatic when the Landmarks Board voted to initiate the landmarking process at their March 4th meeting. However, it quickly became apparent that the precious interior of the Teahouse would remain vulnerable to future changes, based on Boulder's precedent of applying local landmark restrictions only to the exteriors of buildings. After discussing the building's structure and history, and carefully considering the intentions laid out by the City of Boulder's Landmarks Ordinance, Historic Boulder's Board of Directors has determined that in the case of Dushanbe Teahouse, interior landmarking is imperative. We sent a letter to City Council ahead of their upcoming meeting to express the urgency of extending protection to the interior of this very unique building, and we encourage you to do the same. You can email Council at council@bouldercolorado.gov

...The Teahouse is the product of over forty Tajik craftsmen and boasts an ornate hand-carved ceiling and columns, plaster panels, and large oil paintings created by the artist, Kodir Rahkimov. Much of the interior design is in the traditional Persian ‘gachbori’ style that can be found nowhere else in the United States... Read the whole letter online. Please join us in urging City Council to landmark the exterior and interior of the Dushanbe Teahouse. With gratitude,

Board of Directors, Historic Boulder, Inc.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Meet the Spirits 2020 is a virtual tour of Columbia Cemetery, as told by some of Boulder's most famous - and infamous - figures. It's also a weekend full of opportunities for immersing yourself in local history with actors, historians, filmmakers and authors - not to mention chances to win prizes. For more on Columbia Cemetery, see below. EVENT DETAILS & TICKETS

We Love Our Landmarks! 1201 9th Street - Columbia Cemetery Since we're gearing up for Meet the Spirits, here's a quick refresh of Columbia Cemetery's history and importance in Boulder.

'Columbia Cemetery is a virtual "Who's Who" of early Boulder—a historic, cultural, and artistic resource containing the remains of many of the city's founders and pioneers. Initially established in 1870 on 10 acres of cattle-grazed pastureland, the cemetery today has 6,500 burials and 3,000 headstones. Like many other Victorian era cemeteries, Columbia contains grave markers of various types: monuments, crosses, obelisks, and tablets made of marble, granite, sandstone, limestone, and wood. The tombstones not only mark the graves of early pioneers who have helped make Boulder what it is today, but they are also narratives describing Colorado's social and economic structure, its religious tenets, and ethnic composition. The epitaphs, engravings, and decorations provide insight into earlier customs, religious beliefs, folklore, art, and medicine. Homemade Depression-era "folk markers" are juxtaposed with ornate and towering granite monuments belonging to bank presidents. Marble lambs and doves mark the graves of children felled by scarlet fever, diphtheria, and tuberculosis, and graves adorned with flowers, stuffed animals, and coins poignantly indicate recent visits to century-old burials. Columbia Cemetery is owned by the city of Boulder and managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. It is a city landmark and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Over the past decade, the Parks and Recreation Department and Historic Boulder, Inc., have been implementing a Columbia Cemetery Preservation Master Plan—thanks in large part to funding from the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund.' - Mary Reilly-McNellan and Kip White with Boulder Parks and Recreation

Board Member Match Challenge: Success! Thanks to our generous contributors and Board of Directors, we met our goal of raising $8,000 to maintain operations while adapting to Covid-19. You all made it possible for our programming to resume with Meet the Spirits 2020! Please consider buying event tickets, renewing your membership or donating to help us continue to move forward during these unprecedented times.

Preservation in Action 1300 Canyon - The Atrium, Nextdoor Neighbor of the Teahouse City of Boulder Preservation Staff recently approached our Board of Directors about the landmark application that Historic Boulder had submitted in 2015 on 1300 Canyon Blvd, a.k.a. The Atrium Building, located just next to Dushanbe Teahouse. The application was tabled at the time, as the City's plans for the East Bookend project shifted away from putting the building at risk. However, the time has come to take the topic off the table and reconsider landmarking this mid-century commercial building by local modernist architect Hobart Wagener. Due to the Atrium Building's significance as the work of an "acknowledged master of Boulder architecture" embodying the Rustic Modern style, the HB Board has chosen to move the landmark application forward.

Happening Now Local History Essay Contest for High School Students

We are excited to announce that our first annual history essay contest for high school students is underway! The program invites BVSD teachers/faculty to share the prompt with their students and to "sponsor" the entries - assisting with interpretation of the prompt, accessing research resources, and editing. Essays are due by November 20, 2020. Cash prizes will be granted to the winners and announced in a ceremony in February, 2021. SEE MORE

Hannah Barker House Sign to be Replaced Thank you everyone who helped spread the word and contributed to the replacement fund! The sign has been missing since May, when it was broken out of its metal frame and stolen. Now, we'll be able to restore this educational asset to the public!


Reminder: We've Moved Please update your records with Historic Boulder's new address: 1200 Pearl St, Ste 314 Boulder, CO 80302

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