The Landmarks Board voted unanimously on December 3, 2008, to recommend landmarking of the Hazel Barnes house to City Council. This Usonian home was built in 1948. A second story addition was designed by Charles Haertling in 1965. Owned most recently by one of the University of Colorado’s most distinguished professors, Dr. Hazel Barnes, she left her home to the CU Foundation.
In Dr. Barnes’ autobiography entitled “The Story I Tell Myself” she wrote about this remarkable house. Following is an excerpt from this book: Our house, small and unpretentious but designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, gives us the feeling of always being in touch with the outdoors. It sits next to an irrigation ditch that can easily pass for a stream, one that dries up in the winter months; we look up at the Flatirons, the distinctive feature of Boulder’s mountain range. So close to the campus that a ten-minute walk will take me to my former office or the library. I have always been willing to overlook the fact that we live near two fraternities and in the midst of buildings occupied mostly by students. I have to admit that the students are neither the quietest nor the neatest of neighbors. But they keep the place alive and are often fascinating to watch.