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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 12 Collections and/or Records:

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, between 1910-1983

 Item
Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00006
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. View from behind two seated congregants, showing choir and pipe organ.
Dates: between 1910-1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1952

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00009
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. The choir performs at the front of the chapel under the pipe organ.
Dates: circa 1952

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1952

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00010
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. The choir performs at the front of the chapel.
Dates: circa 1952

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1955

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00018
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. A choir performs onstage under the large pipe organ.
Dates: circa 1955

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1940

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0014.00002
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. A man speaks on stage with a group of women behind him.
Dates: 1940

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1952

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0014.00003
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. The University Orchestra practices on the stage.
Dates: circa 1952

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1962

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0014.00006
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. View from the stage over the organist to congregants sitting in pews.
Dates: circa 1962

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1963

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0014.00007
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. A choir performs with the pipe organ over their heads.
Dates: 1963

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1955

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0014.00010
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Close up of female organist playing.
Dates: circa 1955

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1955

 Item
Identifier: U201.01.0015.0014.00012
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. View up the aisle from floor level; choir sings under the pipe organ.
Dates: circa 1955