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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 6 Collections and/or Records:

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, between 1910-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0007.00011
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Snow is on the ground and snow covered trees obscure much of the view of the building.
Dates: between 1910-1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, between 1910-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0007.00014
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado, with a snowy lawn in the foreground. ''University of Denver (Colorado Seminary) Founded in 1864'' sign also in the foreground.
Dates: between 1910-1983

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel, between 1910-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0008.00012
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Budding tree branches in the foreground on the left side.
Dates: between 1910-1983

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

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0012.00021
Overview Exterior view of University of Denver's Buchtel Chapel in Denver, Colorado after the December 1983 fire. The charred front of the chapel, which is all that remains standing, contrasts against the white snow in the foreground.
Dates: 1983 December

University of Denver Buchtel Chapel - Tower, 1975

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0016.00012
Overview Exterior view of the University of Denver's Buchtel Tower in Denver, Colorado. Winter view of the Buchtel Chapel before the fire, pine branches frame the picture, taken with a pink filter.
Dates: 1975

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