Martha Weiser National Register Nomination

Date: 1/1/09
Principal Researchers:
  • Ekaterini Vlahos
  • Michelle Chichester
  • Abbey Christman
  • Melanie Short
Location: Boulder County, CO

Partnering with Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (the property owner), CoPR staff worked with a MSHP student to prepare a National Register nomination for the Martha Weiser House. Completed in 1963, the Weiser House is locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. Boulder County experienced rapid population growth during the 1950s and 1960s which created a need for new housing, much of it influenced by Modern design trends. The Martha Weiser House is an outstanding example of the Contemporary Style popular during the 1950s through the early 1970s. Key character-defining features include the low-pitched butterfly roof, visible roof beams, relatively open floor plan, combination of wood and stone, lack of applied ornamentation, attached carport, strong horizontal emphasis, interior courtyard, large and often unusually shaped window expanses, and deep overhanging eaves. The Martha Weiser House is also significant as a representative work of a master architect, L. Gale Abels (1927-1995).