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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 232 Collections and/or Records:

DU University Park Campus, circa 1935

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Identifier: U201.01.0029.0025.00003
Overview Aerial view of the University Park Campus of the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, taken at a bird's-eye view from the southeast. Buildings visible include University of Denver Stadium, Margery Reed Building, University Hall, Buchtel Memorial Chapel, the Iliff School of Theology Mary Reed Building, and Science Hall.
Dates: circa 1935

Photograph of DU showing Science Hall, Buchtel Chapel, University Hall and Iliff

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Identifier: U201.01.0419.00001
Overview Photograph by George Carlson of DU showing Science Hall, Buchtel Chapel, University Hall and Iliff. Credited to Denver Public Library Western History Dept. Framed double matted and under glass.
Dates: 1864-

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

The Denver Clarion, vol. 34, issue 19, 1957 November 22

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Identifier: clarion_v034i19_19571122
Overview Holiday Special – Family Day Ticket Offer Extended to Include Thanksgiving Day Game. Coeds Host Dates Tonight – King Coronation to Climax Events at AWS Dance. Group Slates Interviews for Foreign Study. Senate Appoints Centennial Agents. Fall “Foothills” Out Today for University Personnel. Writer Talks to Full House. Chapel Committee Slates Thanksgiving as Theme. Fellowship Invites Area Students to Weekend Meet. Panhellenic Meets.
Dates: 1957 November 22

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

The Denver Clarion, vol. 37, issue 60, 1961 May 31

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Identifier: clarion_v037i60_19610531
Overview CC Convocation Reveals Honors. Summer Student May Keep Up His Health Insurance. “Has History Any Meaning?” Asks Controversial Toynbee Tomorrow in First Lecture. Book Endowment Forms Memorial to R. Brownson. “Crash” Campbell to Show Movies in Carnegie Today. BC Poetry Prizes Presented Friday in Buchtel Chapel. WIHC Picks Presidents. Prize-Winning Poets Pictured.
Dates: 1961 May 31

The Denver Clarion, vol. 68, issue 40, 1964 March 27

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Identifier: clarion_v068i40_19640327
Overview First two pages missing.

Greek Film “Stella” Premier Offering in Art Film Festival. Lodge Campaign Head, Mullen, Visits Denver to Rally Supporters. Student Dies During Las Vegas Holiday; Buchtel Memorial Services Held Wednesday. British Visiting Lecturer Here to Speak in Physics Field. Foundation Gives College $106,122.
Dates: 1964 March 27

The Denver Clarion, vol. 74, issue 23, 1969 November 14

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Identifier: clarion_v074i23_19691114
Overview Moratorium protestors decide against flag confrontation. YAF director, SDS secretary speak. Dominick tells march position. Cosmic babyhood topic of Buchtel lecture.
Dates: 1969 November 14

University of Denver, between 1963-1972

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Identifier: U201.01.0033.0020.00011
Overview Aerial view of a portion of the University Park Campus of the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The bird's-eye view looking northeast includes Johnson-McFarlane Hall, Boettcher Center, Hilltop Apartments, Aspen Hall, Frontier Hall, Evans Chapel, temporary dormitory structures, Mary Reed Building, the Iliff School of Theology, University Hall, Buchtel Memorial Chapel, Carnegie Library, Science Hall, the Student Union, and I-25 in the background.
Dates: between 1963-1972