Rejected by Denver, “negotiated” away from City Park, and all but absent from the internet. Our bitchen 1936 WPA fountain deserves better. Lostfortcollins dedicates a whole page to it here.
Archive for December, 2008
I have worked places that gave us nice amenities on the grounds: Volleyball nets, jogging tracks, etc.
But nobody does grottos anymore.
People used to get them; for example, if you worked at Fort Collins municipal power plant (420 N. College) around 1930-something, you had one.
Complete with a pool, streambed, and stone gardens. It must have felt like taking every cigarette break right in the middle of a Maxfield Parrish painting.
Here’s a picture of the power plant today (sans smoke stacks):
The building is leased from the city by CSU (here’s a pdf of the 1999 application for historic designation, includes a few more factoids on the site)
And here’s the grotto today.
My photo misses its beauty and scale. All the more reason for you to veer off the Poudre River Trail some warm afternoon, sit under one of its trees, and pretend you’re taking a break from a hard day at work.
Some folks sing songs. Odetta testified.–Time magazine
In the early 1990s, I rented cheap office space at the Northern Hotel. That’s how I saw the single flyer at Bar Bazarre announcing Odetta in concert. It was the only public notice for the show.
The Northern’s owner, Bill Stark, said the singer was in town for a wedding, and her friends wanted a place to hear her play. They put a few tickets on sale, but the crowd was mostly wedding party.
Iconic folk singer singing to a room full of friends. I can tell you now, that’s the best kind of show there is.
Odetta died on Tuesday.
(Update: Obituaries reveal that Odetta’s son resides in Fort Collins. Thanks to 3DSound at Dragging the Line for the tip!)
(Update2: Jan 28, 2009 Article in Fort Collins Now interviews Odetta’s “son,” Boots Jaffree, )