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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 20 Collections and/or Records:

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, between 1910-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0009.00009
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Students congregate on the side steps.
Dates: between 1910-1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1952 February

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0008.00004
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. People exit down the front stairs.
Dates: 1952 February

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1956

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0008.00009
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Congregants leave the chapel via the front steps.
Dates: 1956

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1952 July

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0008.00010
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Congregants leave the chapel via the front steps.
Dates: 1952 July

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Tower, between 1960-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0016.00013
Overview Exterior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Tower in Denver, Colorado. Two men carrying cases walk down the sidewalk with the Buchtel Chapel in the background.
Dates: between 1960-1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Tower, between 1910-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0016.00027
Overview Exterior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. A man (foreign student) stands in one of the towers.
Dates: between 1910-1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Tower, between 1983-2008

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0016.00033
Overview Exterior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel tower in Denver, Colorado. Students on sidewalk in the foreground.
Dates: between 1983-2008

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