Tulagi in Boulder
Nice ’60s photo of Tulagi in Boulder, home to mighty local acts like The Astronauts,
King Louie and The Laymen and Zephyr.
(photo borrowed from the Forever Buff Facebook page, thanks to T.V. for the tip!)
February 23rd, 2013 / 2 Comments » / by Tom Lundin
A photo of Williams Village in Boulder taken shortly after it was finished in 1966.
Designed by architect Hobart Wagener, you can find out more about Wagener on
the Jim Broaddus website: http://www.jimbroaddus.com/index.html
February 23rd, 2013 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
1966 Denver ads
I have had this photo for many years and always assumed it was
the Shangri-Las, renamed just for this ad for some legal reason,
but it is not! The Pretty Kittens were a real group and here
is their story. One of the best band publicity shots of the ’60s!
KIMN radio jocks getting ready to do a parachute promotion!
Denver’s only 1966 Vox dealer on E. Colfax over by Capitol Liquors.
Boulder’s Tulagi’s! Lists the big local bands of the day, the Astronauts, the Moonrakers, Böenzee Cryque and the mighty King Louie and The Laymen! (there is an unreleased
Laymen lp hiding in the tape vaults of a Denver studio, hope it sees the light of day sometime!)
’70s shot of Tulagi’s
January 11th, 2013 / 3 Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Methodist Student Center
A side shot showing the incredible roofline of the expressionist Methodist Student Center in Boulder (now Essence of Life Apostolic Church), designed 1957 by Hobart Wagener (click to enlarge). This is one of the first modernist churches in Boulder!
To learn more about Boulder’s modern architectural history, visit the impeccable website of
Jim Broadus, Boulder Modern House.
December 14th, 2012 / 1 Comment » / by Tom Lundin
A rooftop vent from the Usonian-style First Christian Church in Boulder, designed
1960 by Thomas Nixon and Lincoln Jones.
July 8th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
The Sampson House in Boulder.
This Usonian-style home, designed in 1958 by Tician Papachristou, has a roofline influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s temporary 1953 Usonian Exhibition Pavilion.
There are a still a few remaining Papachristou Usonians in Boulder, but in Denver we lost his beautiful Wallbank House about two years ago. We are still fortunate to have one outstanding example of Papachristou’s work, the Koin House in Cherry Hills, which he designed in combination with another great Boulder architect, Charles Haertling.
June 25th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Azar’s Big Boy
Armet & Davis were the most well known of the Los Angeles-area architects of Googie-style coffee shops. They also contributed to the Front Range landscape with their many White Spot designs, and even designed buildings for Azar’s Big Boy, like this Boulder location depicted above.
The Big Boy restaurant chain subfranchised under different names around the country. While most famous for their California brand Bob’s Big Boy, in Colorado (and Indiana) they were known as Azar’s.
The Boulder structure may be the only surviving Armet & Davis Big Boy in the state. Armet & Davis probably designed these buildings for Azar’s around the early-1960s. If you know of another surviving Big Boy building in Colorado, or recall any of the former locations, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. (I have only tracked down a couple of former locations, such as the current Vitamin Cottage on West Colfax.)
(Original Armet & Davis drawing for Denver Azar’s borrowed from
(Matchbook borrowed from http://www.flickr.com/photos/interestingideas/)
April 11th, 2012 / 12 Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Another wooden (probably) late-1960s modern Usonian-style house in the mountains of Boulder. This time, I have no speculation on the name of the architect.
March 20th, 2012 / 1 Comment » / by Tom Lundin
Although I do not know the facts about this house, I am fairly confident that this Usonian
home was designed by Roger Easton in the late 1960s.
March 19th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin