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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 37 Collections and/or Records:

Physical Education - Tumbling

 Item
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

The Denver Clarion, vol. 34, issue 54, 1958 May 13

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Identifier: clarion_v034i54_19580513
Overview Everybody Talks About the Mud-Except Those Who Sank Too Deep. New Tradition – Seniors Plan First Class Breakfast; Tickets Available in Activities Office. Dorms Complete by Fall Quarter. College Sets Date of Baccalaureate Vesper Services. Committee Lists Nominees for Outstanding Freshmen. Bar Association Plan Joint Move; DU Law Center Designated as Site. Applications Due Thursday for Leadership Weekend. Shade Your Eyes and Don’t Socialize; Sunbathing and Sexes Shouldn’t Mix.
Dates: 1958 May 13

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 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, between 1910-1983

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Identifier: U201.01.0015.0007.00018
Overview 10 negatives and a photograph of the negatives depicting exterior views of University of Denver's Buchtel chapel in Denver, Colorado, and pictures of student musicians holding their instruments.
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