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Boulder's Inn on Mapleton Hill

Inn on Mapleton Hill in Boulder Colorado

The Inn on Mapleton Hill was located at 1001 Spruce St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Formerly known as the "Magpie Inn", this Boulder bed and breakfast operated during the 1990s and closed in 2006. Previously, the original owner, Mrs. Emma Clarke, ran it as a boarding house primarily taking in schoolteachers.

The building was originally built in 1899 for Mrs. Emma L. Clarke and her son Maurice Clarke and daughter Mildred Clarke. Emma (b. 1862, d. 1965), the widow of William Clarke (d. 1890), was a dressmaker. Mildred lived in the house after Emma's death.

The building, known as the "Clarke House", was built in the Edwardian Vernacular style. The Colorado Historical Society writes that it features a "hipped roof brick dwelling with slightly overhanging eaves; raised, coursed, rusticated stone foundation. Shingled, gabled dormers on east and west. Projecting porch with flat roof with paneled cornice is supported by columns; above porch is balcony with decorative balustrade. Two-story projecting bay on facade contains entrance on first story and second story balcony entrance with French doors; above second story is gabled dormer with balcony. "

In 1992 the property received a historical preservation award from the Boulder Historical Society. The property itself is not a landmark property yet, but does reside in the Mapleton Hill Historic District.

Ray Schultze and his wife Judy functioned as innkeepers starting in 1996. The Inn on Mapleton Hill ran with seven guest rooms, all but two of which had private baths. As is typical for a bed and breakfast, each room was individually decorated. Rates ranged from $89 to $159 for the premier Cottonwood suite ("...bathed in soft shades of pale green and violet"). The inn featured a great Boulder location two blocks from the Pearl Street Mall and in a quiet residential neighborhood on Mapleton Hill. The B&B was marketed on the website The Schultzes sold the property in June 2006 for $1.66 million. The building interior was subsequently remodeled and the property now functions as another example of the city of Boulder's gentrification: a pricey personal residence valued in the low $2 millions.


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