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Buchtel Memorial Chapel (Denver, Colo.)

 Organization

Sources

University of Denver. The Buchtel Memorial Chapel was begun in 1907 when the cornerstone was laid. Buchtel "puportedly handed Colorado Springs architect Thomas Barber a photograph of a mission-style church and asked him to create a similar-looking structure for the University" (Built for Learning, p. 18). Progress on the building languished throughout the decade from its start to its completion due to lack of funds. "It was originally dedicated in 1917 as the Memorial Chapel to honor DU alumni who perished in World War I. In 1946 it was renamed the Buchtel Chapel in memory of Henry Buchtel." The chapel was destroyed by fire in 1983, leaving a tower as the sole remaining piece of the structure. (DU Today, Summer 2006 issue).
Buchtel Memorial Chapel Groundbreaking (-1983) on October 17, 1907.
Sources University of Denver. (1974). Special Collections and Archives. University of Denver Buildings Collection. Inventory of University Buildings. [U123.01.0004.0031]
Cornerstone laid for Buchtel Memorial Chapel in October 26, 1910. (not dedicated until 1917 to honor those who had died in WWI)
Sources Breck, From the Rockies to the World, 1997, 106; University of Denver. (1974). Special Collections and Archives. University of Denver Buildings Collection. Inventory of University Buildings. [U123.01.0004.0031].
Buchtel Memorial Chapel dedicated to soldiers fighting in World War I in December 30, 1917.
Sources University of Denver. (1974). Special Collections and Archives. University of Denver Buildings Collection. Inventory of University Buildings. [U123.01.0004.0031]
A tribute service was held in Buchtel Chapel in memorial of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death on April 5, 1968. On July 20, 1983, a fire destroys Buchtel Memorial Chapel, leaving only one tower remaining.

Citation

“Buchtel services pay tribute to death of Martin Luther King,” The University of Denver Clarion, vol. 72, no. 44, April 9, 1968, 4.

University of Denver. (1974). Special Collections and Archives. University of Denver Buildings Collection. Inventory of University Buildings. [U123.01.0004.0031]

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

University of Denver Campus, 1940

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Identifier: U300.01.0002.00215
Overview Aerial view of the University of Denver University Park campus in the early 1940s. In foreground, left to right: University Hall; Iliff School of Theology, and the Mary Reed Building (then the Mary Reed Library). In middle, left to right: the Alumni Gymnasium, Margery Reed Hall, Buchtel Memorial Chapel, and Science Hall. In background: DU Hilltop Stadium, before the construction of the Field House Arena.
Dates: 1940

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0003.00038
Overview University of Denver (DU) members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', pose with Physical Director Granville Johnson in Denver, Colorado. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background. From left to right: Asher H. Patten, Raymond D. Hampton, Joseph P. Graves, physical director Granville Johnson, Max M. Vinsonhaler, Charles C. Dickson, Arden E. Ratcliff, and Arthur A. Huffsmith.
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0051.00070
Overview University of Denver (DU) members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', pose with Physical Director Granville Johnson in Denver, Colorado. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background. From left to right: Asher H. Patten, Raymond D. Hampton, Joseph P. Graves, physical director Granville Johnson, Max M. Vinsonhaler, Charles C. Dickson, Arden E. Ratcliff, and Arthur A. Huffsmith.
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0003.00005
Overview Three University of Denver (DU) members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', stand on each others shoulders in a group portrait taken outside in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background. The gymnasts are identified as (bottom to top): Granville B. Johnson (Physical Director), Arthur A. Huffsmith, and Arden E. Ratcliff. The bottom right hand corner of the print is missing.
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0003.00006
Overview Three University of Denver (DU) members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', identified as Granville B. Johnson (Physical Director), Arden E. Ratcliff, and Joseph P. Graves, perform a stunt outdoors in front of Buchtel Memorial Chapel in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Standing are Charles C. Dickson, unidentified, Max M. Vinsonhaler, and Asher H. Patten. Typed on back of photographic print: ''Johnson throwing Ratcliffe to Graves shoulders on a Belly Forward to...
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0003.00007
Overview Three University of Denver members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', identified as Max M. Vinsonhaler, Granville B. Johnson (Physical Director), and Arthur A. Huffsmith perform a stunt as fellow gymnasts Asher H. Patten, Raymond D. Hampton, Joseph P. Graves, Charles C. Dickson (standing), and Arden E. Ratcliff watch on the DU campus in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background.
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0051.00075
Overview Three University of Denver members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', identified as Max M. Vinsonhaler, Granville B. Johnson (Physical Director), and Arthur A. Huffsmith perform a stunt as fellow gymnasts Asher H. Patten, Raymond D. Hampton, Joseph P. Graves, Charles C. Dickson (standing), and Arden E. Ratcliff watch on the DU campus in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background.
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0051.00076
Overview Joseph P. Graves throws teammate Raymond D. Hampton into a back flip as fellow University of Denver members of the ''Gyros Club,'' alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team,'' watch on the DU campus in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background. Watching are: Arden E. Ratcliff, Charles C. Dickson, Max M. Vinsonhaler, physical director Granville Johnson, Asher H. Patten, and Arthur A. Huffsmith.
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

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Identifier: U300.01.0051.00082
Overview Two University of Denver members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', identified as Max M. Vinsonhaler and Arthur A. Huffsmith, perform a stunt where Vinsonhaler throws Huffsmith into a high back flip maneuver as fellow gymnasts watch on the DU campus in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background. The men standing (l-r) are: unidentified, Joseph P. Graves, Asher H. Patten, physical director Granville Johnson, Arden E. Ratcliff,...
Dates: 1923

University of Denver Men's Tumbling Team Members, 1923

 Item
Identifier: U300.01.0051.00083
Overview Two University of Denver members of the ''Gyros Club'', alternately known as the ''Tumbling Team'', identified as Joseph P. Graves and Charles C. Dickson, perform a stunt where one tumbler is throw backwards with his body parallel to the ground as fellow gymnasts watch on the DU campus in Denver, Colorado in 1923. Buchtel Memorial Chapel is visible in the background. Standing (l-r) are: Arden E. Ratcliff (behind Vinsonhaler), Max M. Vinsonhaler, physical director Granville Johnson, Raymond D....
Dates: 1923