The Hannah Barker House
Historic Boulder’s most recent and ambitious rehabilitation project is the Hannah Barker house located at 800 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. Hannah Connell Barker (1844-1918) was an early resident of Boulder and made significant contributions to the community as a philanthropist, civic leader, teacher and a businesswoman. Her Italianate-style house is considered to be an excellent example of Boulder’s upper middle class housing built in the late 1870s. Although the house had been boarded up and neglected for several decades, a significant amount of the original architectural features remained intact. The previous owners, Historic Boulder and the City of Boulder, worked collaboratively for several years to find a way to restore the Hannah Barker house, The donation of this landmarked property to Historic Boulder in late 2010 was the culmination of these efforts.
Thanks to the State Historical Fund, generous donors, many volunteers and a stellar committee under the extraordinary leadership of Ruth McHeyser, Hannah’s house has been resurrected and is once again a cherished part of Boulder’s heritage. Today the house is structurally sound from its foundation to the top of the spire. Its glorious cupola and chimneys have been rebuilt and the exterior has been painted in a palette of colors Hannah used during her life. For more than 45 years, Historic Boulder has endeavored to save the places that matter. Each has a different story, but none have been closer to being lost forever than Hannah’s.