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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 24 Collections and/or Records:

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1952 October

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00002
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Seated congregants face the stage and listen.
Dates: 1952 October

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1952 October

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00003
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Congregants stand facing front and sing along with the choir.
Dates: 1952 October

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, between 1910-1983

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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: U201.01.0015.0013.00008
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Congregants attend a religious service at the chapel, choir onstage and pipe organ dominates the upper half of the photograph.
Dates: circa 1952

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 1952

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00011
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Congregants stand to participate in a religious service.
Dates: circa 1952

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, 1964

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00012
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Students attend a memorial service for victims of a traffic accident at the chapel.
Dates: 1964

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, circa 1925

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0013.00017
Overview Interior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. View of the stage dominated by the newly installed pipe organ.
Dates: circa 1925

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