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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 8 Collections and/or Records:

Altar in Buchtel Memorial Chapel

 Item
Identifier: U201.01.0095.0007.00001
Overview Black and white print of Communion altar in Buchtel Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The altar is covered in a white lace tablecloth and holds a tall candle, a Bible, and another book. A taller shelf behind it holds two candles and a metal cross and bears the words "This do in remembrance of me."
Dates: 1955-1957

Bishop Phillips Speaking in Buchtel Chapel

 Item
Identifier: U201.01.0097.0029.00001
Overview Black and white print of Methodist Bishop Glenn Phillips speaking at a Founders Day event in Buchtel Memorial Chapel at the University of Denver. Seated onstage behind him are various unidentified persons in academic regalia.
Dates: 1974-1987

Buchtel Memorial Chapel (Frame 30-bottom)

 Item
Identifier: U201.02.0139.0017.00002.00004
Overview Exterior view of Buchtel Memorial Chapel on the University Park Campus of the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1931

Contact Sheet of Anne Evans, etc.

 Item
Identifier: U201.02.0139.0017.00002
Overview Black and white contact sheet with negatives (apparently assembled from portions of several different negative rolls) with images of an unidentified man (frames 26-31, top), Anne Evans (frames 26-31, middle), Anne Evans at 1931 Founders Day banquet (frames 20-25), an unidentified building (frames 2A-7A), and Buchtel Memorial Chapel (frames 26-31, bottom).
Dates: 1931

Physical Education - Tumbling

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Identifier: U201.01.0071.0007.00003
Overview A group of male students participate in a tumbling exercise at the University of Denver. One of the students is doing a headstand, a second is grabbing his ankles and swinging over him, and while a third is preparing to catch him. The students are standing on a large cloth in an open grassy area, with Buchtel Memorial Chapel visible in the background. Tumbling was a popular collegiate sport in the early 20th century.
Dates: circa 1920-circa 1966

Students Exiting Buchtel Memorial Chapel, 1952

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Identifier: U201.01.0095.0005.00001
Overview A crowd of students walks out the front entrance and down the steps of Buchtel Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1952

University of Denver - Student walking on a tightrope, circa 1910

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Identifier: U201.01.0096.0038.00002
Overview The image depicts an unidentified female student, walking on a tightrope while holding an umbrella, on the University of Denver's campus with Buchtel Memorial Chapel in the background, circa 1910.
Dates: circa 1910

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