Composite photo of the hotel. Left side is from a few years after its opening and o the right side, as it appears today.
Full photo of how the hotel looks today.
Lobby and grand staircase.
The hotel a few years after it opened (full photo).
A hotel employee stands next to the hotel's fully operational 1908 Otis elevator.
Backstory and Context
Designed by local architects William Redding & Son, the five-story brick building incorporates both Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival features. It follows a trend of open court hotels started by the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and carried over to Denver's Brown Palace Hotel, built in 1892.
Early guests included conservationist Enos Mills, actress Ethel Barrymore, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and evangelist Billy Sunday. Some who followed were Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Robert Frost, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, as well as a generous representation of today's political figures, speakers, entertainers, and musicians.
The Hotel Boulderado's name is a combination of "Boulder" and "Colorado" and was chosen so that guests would always remember where they had stayed.
"Hotel Boulderado, a Historic Hotels of America member". Historic Hotels of America.
Pettem, Silvia (2009), Legend of a Landmark, The Book Lode, LLC