The former home of one of Boulder's best-known architects, Charles A. Haertling, was awarded landmark status by the city's council Tuesday night.
Haertling first built the home in 1968 for University of Colorado professor Richard Wilson and his wife, but the home was almost completely destroyed by an arsonist just 4 years later. When Haertling repossessed the remains of the home, he restored the home completely--with some unintentional improvements.
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Haertling's son Joel recalls:
I was a boy of 13 at the time and I wanted to make the work as easy as possible so when my father was deciding what to do with the damaged wood surfaces of the wall and ceiling, I suggested sandblasting off the char to reveal whatever wood remained underneath it. This was by far the easiest solution, and the result was a very beautiful pattern of dark singed wood on the ceilings and walls. I remember my father saying there would have been no other way of getting that effect without completely burning it.
The architect lived in the home until his untimely death in 1984. It is now inhabited by his widow, Viola.
Photos courtesy of Joel Haertling and sister Linda Haertling.