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 November 5, 1999

Tour to feature Mapleton Hill homes

Established in 1882, Mapleton Hill is one of Boulder’s oldest residential neighborhoods. The tour buildings were chosen for their historical and architectural significance, unique exteriors and interiors, and their positioning to the Flatirons.

The Orchard House, built in 1939 and crafted for more than 20 years by William P. Herzer, who, because of his fear of fires and knack for scavenging materials, crafted the house out of fieldstone gathered from surrounding hills instead of wood. The property sits in an apple orchard with views to the Dakota Ridge and the Flatirons.

The Inn at Mapleton Hill, built in 1899, features a rustic stone foundation, bay windows and historic art dating from the 1700s to the early 1900s, all of which add to the house’s turn-of-the-century character.

A massive, two-story brick house built in 1900 by George Fonda, The Fonda House contains many original features, including the use of softwoods throughout, gas fixtures, remodeled for electricity, chandeliers and Dutch doors. The house offers a historical and architectural highlight of the tour.

The Lewis-Cobb House, built in 1903, reflects turn-of-the-century tastes with hand-chipped bricks and stone sills. Colonial influences include large wooden pillars and bracketed eaves.

The Four-Square House, originally built in 1911, was remodeled in the late ’60s and was restored to its original character by the current owners. As a result, the house includes a combination of historic and modern influences.

In the early development of the Mapleton district, newcomers from the eastern United States influenced architectural styles. Many of these homes contain Eastern influences mixed with the wide-open architecture of the West. The house includes large rooms, pronounced ceilings and built-in-cabinets.

Casey Middle School, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, is the final stop on the Historic tour of Homes. The school retains original features along with new additions necessary to facilitate the growing student population. Original light fixtures run throughout the building as do wooden arched doors with arched transoms.

For ticket information and reservations call the Historic Boulder office at (303) 444-5192.

Established in 1882, Mapleton Hill is one of Boulder’s oldest residential neighborhoods. The tour buildings were chosen for their historical and architectural significance, unique exteriors and interiors, and their positioning to the Flatirons.

The Orchard House, built in 1939 and crafted for more than 20 years by William P. Herzer, who, because of his fear of fires and knack for scavenging materials, crafted the house out of fieldstone gathered from surrounding hills instead of wood. The property sits in an apple orchard with views to the Dakota Ridge and the Flatirons.

The Inn at Mapleton Hill, built in 1899, features a rustic…

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