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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 45 Collections and/or Records:

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00002
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. Side view with caution tape in the foreground.
Dates: 1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00004
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. Front view with part of the flower bed and caution tape in the foreground.
Dates: 1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00006
Overview Interior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. Looking through a doorway at the former location of the organ pipes, under the remaining roof beams.
Dates: 1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00007
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. Burnt rubble lies on the ground.
Dates: 1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983-1984

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00009
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado, fenced off after the July 1983 fire.
Dates: 1983-1984

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00011
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire; walls and roof caved in.
Dates: 1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00012
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. Student cars parked by front of ruined building after stairs demolished.
Dates: 1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983-1984

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00013
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. View of the charred front of the chapel with front stairs demolished.
Dates: 1983-1984

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983 July 20

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00014
Overview Interior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the July 1983 fire. Smoke floats above rubble on the chapel floor.
Dates: 1983 July 20

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Fire and Demolition, 1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00015
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the fire. Rubble fills the former chapel.
Dates: 1983