In a recent letter to the Lost Fort Collins blog, Karen Schaefer, a reporter in Ohio and a former Colorado resident writes:
One place I recall was an old hotel downtown. I think it may have been a railroad hotel originally. There was an amazing glass dome in the lobby and one of those old round, red plush sofas sited squarely underneath it. When we were there sometime in the late 1960’s, it had just been re-opened and the dome uncovered for the first time in years …. Is it still there?
I LOVE letters from people who used to live around here. They have snapshot memories of Fort Collins–freezing people, places, and events that we locals overwrite with newer images everyday. Two of these former residents remembered the dome to me recently, though it seems current Fort Collinites hardly know about it.
Originally, the dome was part of the Northern Hotel’s ballroom, just south of the lobby:
Over the years, as Karen implies, it was hidden, rediscovered, and later renovated. It hovered over restaurants, and more recently, little boutiques. Today, it’s an elaborate skylight for the Mountain Shop. To see, go here (100 block, N. College):
Here’s the dome today, amid prayer flags and pup tents:
And how about a detail view from the new camera?