old blueprints

From its earliest days, CU Boulder educated men and women both. But it wasn’t until 1934 that the first largescale women’s dormitory opened. You’d know it as Sewall Hall.

It turns out there were plans for an earlier sizable women’s residence, never built. Last October, contractors discovered them among other items in a crawl space beneath the Folsom Field bleachers.

Dated July 31, 1919, and prepared by the firm of architect Charles Klauder — who designed Hellems and other prominent CU Boulder buildings — the drawings depict a four-floor, boomerang-shaped structure along Broadway, just west of Hale.

Here you see excerpts from the blueprints, scanned and reversed to improve image quality. They’re now in safekeeping at the CU Heritage Center.


Illustrations courtesy University of Colorado Boulder/CU Heritage Center