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[Identification of item], Stanley E. Morse architectural records, WH889, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.


Number of Boxes: 2 (1.5 linear feet)

Oversize: 2 Tubes

Oversize: 1 box

Oversize: 31 OVFF

Number of PhotoBoxes: 3 (1.5 linear foot)

Number of Photo OVfolios: 1




Martin Leuthauser

Roger Dudley

February 2010


Ellen Zazzarino


Stanley Eaton Morse was born July 14, 1906 in Mancos, Montezuma County, Colorado. His parents were Wilton L. Morse (b. Kansas, 1867), an architect and carpenter, and Hattie B. Morse (b. Wisconsin, 1874). Morse attended Kansas State University, earning a B.S. in Architecture (1929). During his freshman and senior years, he received the A.I.A (American Institute of Architects) medal for excellence.

After graduation, Morse worked as a draftsman and commercial designer for the architectural firm of Fisher & Fisher, Denver, Colorado (1929-1931; 1934-1935). Projects, for which he provided architectural renderings include several buildings at the University of Denver: Library (Mary Reed), Biological, Social Sciences (Margery Reed), Gymnasium (Alumni). He was also responsible for the design detailing and supervision work on the Ship Tavern and Casanova Room at the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado (1934-1935).

In between his work with Fisher & Fisher, Morse worked for the architect John Gaw Meem of Santa Fe, New Mexico (1933), and for the National Park Service as a PWA (Public Works Administration) supervisor at Mesa Verde. With the PWA, he oversaw the photographing and mapping of the cliff dwellings known as Far View House and the Cliff Palace (1933-1934) for the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Ruin Survey (PWA project 496).

In 1933, Morse received his license as an architect and established the firm of Stanley E. Morse, A.I.A., Architect. He eventually became licensed in the states of Oregon, Washington and New Mexico. Morse also worked as a partner with the architect Burnham Hoyt on the remodel of the interiors of the Park Lane Hotel, Denver, Colorado (1934-1935) and again with Hoyt, as the architect in charge of surveys and working drawings for the Red Rocks Theatre, Morrison, Colorado (1936-1939). He eventually became the architect in charge of the additions and alterations to the stage area and the design for other utility structures at the facility (1957, 1959-1960). Some of Morse's early residential designs were for clients at the Hiwan and Green Valley Ranches, Evergreen, Colorado (1938-1940).

From 1939-1940, Morse worked at the Aircraft International Plans and Air Training Schools in Los Angeles and Claremont, California. During WWII, he worked with the P.N.A.B. (Pacific Naval Air Base) contractors in Honolulu, Hawaii and on naval bases at Johnston Island and Kaneohe Bay, where he was involved in the raising of the U.S.S. Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor (1942-1943). Morse was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy (1944-1946), serving sea duty along the East Coast, Aleutians Islands, and in the South Pacific. After the war he worked for a time in Portland, Oregon with the architect, Pietro Belluschi on designs for a housing project in Tacoma, Washington.

Morse returned to Denver, Colorado in 1947 and re-established his architectural practice, Stanley E. Morse, A.I.A. Architect. Some of his first post-war designs involve five firehouses in Denver (1948-1960) and the Pueblo Central Fire House (1948). Between 1948-1958, he served as the principal architect of Bears Stadium (since demolished) in Denver, Colorado. As the home of the Denver Bears, the AAA affiliate of several major league baseball teams, the stadium was renamed Mile High Stadium in 1968. During this time, Morse designed his firm's offices located at 835 Delaware Street, Denver, Colorado (ca.1952). Morse also designed many public schools and school additions throughout Colorado in the 1950s-1960s. He designed a number of buildings for the Colorado Woman's College (as of 2010, Johnson & Wales University) campus, Denver, Colorado, including Whatley Chapel and Carillon (1962), and the Houston Center of Fine Arts (1967).

In 1963, Morse went into partnership with Joseph G. Dion and William J. Champion to form Morse, Dion & Champion, Architects and Planners. His first partner, Joseph (Gerry) Dion was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 21, 1921. Dion was a member of the 10th Mountain Division during WWII. Dion worked as a draftsman for Morse in 1951, 1956-1961 and later during the 1950s with Fisher & Fisher and G. Meredith Musick. He received his architectural license in 1961 and subsequently went into partnership with Morse in 1963. Dion died in Andover, Massachusetts on October 22, 2008. The other partner in the firm, William J. Champion received his B.S. in architecture and planning from the University of Denver (1952). He first worked as an engineering draftsman for Gardner-Denver, Colorado (1938-1941) before wartime service as an aerial photographer and photographic laboratory chief with the Army Air Corps (1941-1945). Like Dion, Champion also worked for a number of different architectural firms in Colorado (including Stanley E. Morse, 1959-1960), as a draftsman, field supervisor or designer before joining with Morse and Dion as a full partner in 1963. The architectural offices for Morse, Dion & Champion were once located in a building that Morse had designed and constructed at 526 Cherokee Street, Denver, Colorado. The practice closed after Morse's death in 1968.

In 1943, Morse married Martha Patterson (b. November, 1916) in Portland, Oregon. The couple had one son: Stephen J. Morse. Stanley E. Morse died in Englewood, Colorado on January 13, 1968.


The Stanley E. Morse architectural records contains material on the architectural firms of Stanley Y. Morse, A.I.A., Architect, and Morse, Dion & Champion, Architects and Planners. Materials include architectural drawings, architectural renderings, floor plans, presentation boards, project photographs, magazine articles, correspondence, project data sheets, building estimates and costs, and biographical documents.

Additional materials include: architectural renderings, correspondence, photographs, and historical suvery materials related to the National Park Service; the architectural firms of Hooper & Janusch, Inc., Chicago, Illinois; Fisher & Fisher, Denver, Colorado; and the architects: John Gaw Meem, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Burnham Hoyt, Denver, Colorado are included.


The Western History/Genealogy Department has additional collections with material related to the work of Stanley E. Morse including:

Burnham Hoyt architectural records, 1887-1960 WH1188

Denver Parks and Recreation Department records, 1861-2009, WH1316

Fisher and Fisher architectural records, 1892-1997 WH932

Red Rocks Park master plan, C725.827 D437re


Selection of architectural drawings generated primarily by the firms of Stanley E. Morse, A.I.A., Architect and Morse, Dion & Champion, Architects and Planners. Additional drawings for the Public Works Administration (1936) and work done under Burnham Hoyt at Red Rocks Amphitheater (1930-1940), as well as Morse's certificates, licenses, degrees also form a part of the series.

SERIES 2 DOCUMENTS 1934-1967, n.d. BOX 1-2 :

The series begins with project documents related to work generated by Morse for other architects, architectural firms and the Public Works Administration during the early 1930s and into WWII. Additional documentation of work generated by the firms of Stanley E. Morse, A.I.A. Architect (1947-1962), Morse, Dion & Champion, Architects and Planners (1963-1966, n.d.), as well as Morse's work with Burnham Hoyt for the City and County of Denver on the construction (1936-1939) and redesign (1959-1960) of Red Rocks Theatre in Morrison, Colorado continues the series.

SERIES 3 PUBLICATIONS 1953-ca.1966 BOX 2 :

The series contains pamphlets, programs and brochures about Red Rocks Amphitheater, including a written history of the building of the complex by Stanley E. Morse. Additional publications include brochures, pamphlets, clippings and articles on buildings Morse designed for Colorado Woman's College, specifically Whatley Chapel and the Houston Center of Fine Arts.

SERIES 4 BIOGRAPHICAL ca.1936-2008 BOX 2 :

Stanley E. Morse's biographical information includes his professional resume, obituaries, architectural licenses and business card. Also included are the professional resumes for Morse's architectural partners: Joseph G. Dion, William J. Champion, and draftsmen: Bruce Dalton, and Delton D. Ludwig. Additional company information, chronologies and summaries for projects generated by the firms of Stanley Y. Morse, A.I.A., Architect and Morse, Dion & Champion, Architects and Planners completes the series.


The series contains architectural renderings created by Morse during his tenure with the architectural firms of Fisher & Fisher, Denver, Colorado (1930) and John Gaw Meem, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1931). Additional architectural renderings, presentation boards, correspondence and contracts generated by the firms Stanley Y. Morse, A.I.A., Architect (1938-1958), and Morse, Dion & Champion (1963, 1964, n.d.) complete the series.


The series begins with a selection of project photographs (1924-1928, n.d.) for buildings designed by the Chicago, Illinois based architectural and engineering firm Hooper & Janusch, Inc. The firm was responsible for the construction of the Park Lane Apartment Hotel, 450 South Marion Parkway, Denver, Colorado (1926-1928; demolished 1966). Project photographs not related to Stanley E. Morse include four Illinois area buildings designed by Hooper & Janusch, Inc. in the 1920s. Of the four, the Manor Theatre (1924), Lido Theatre (1925), and the Midwest A.C. building (1926) have all been demolished. Only the 3260-3270 North Lake Shore Drive building (1928) is extant in 2010. Construction photos of the Park Lane Hotel follow (1926-1928). In 1933, Stanley Morse provided new interior designs for the hotel and worked with the architect Burnham Hoyt on additional remodeling (1934-1935). Morse was also in charge of advertising for the hotel in the 1930s.

The series continues with photo documentation of work for the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Ruin Survey (PWA project 496; 1933-1934) and of the excavation and construction of the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado (1935-1939). The Red Rocks project was under the direction of architect Burnham Hoyt and Morse participated as the architect in charge of surveys and architectural drawings. Later photographs document architectural projects and/or plans generated by Stanley E. Morse as a student (1929) and by the firms of Stanley Y. Morse, A.I.A., Architect (1930s-1962), and Morse, Dion & Champion, Architects and Planners (1963-1967).



  • Morse, Stanley E., -- 1906-1968 -- Archives.
  • Dion, Joseph G. -- 1921-2008 -- Archives.
  • Champion, William J. -- 1916- -- Archives.
  • Stanley E. Morse. -- A.I.A., Architect. -- 1933-1962 -- Archives.
  • Morse, Dion & Champion. -- Architects & Planners. -- 1963-1968 -- Archives.
  • Hooper & Janusch, Inc. -- Architects and Engineeers. -- Pictorial works.
  • Montgomery Wards (Denver, Colo.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Colorado Woman's College (Denver, Colo.) -- Whatley Chapel. -- Designs and plans.
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater (Colo.) -- Designs and plans.
  • Denver Bears Stadium (Denver, Colo.). -- Designs and plans.
  • Park Lane Hotel & Apartments (Denver, Colo.) -- History -- Pictorial works
  • Manor Theatre (Chicago, Ill.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
  • Lido Theatre (Maywood, Ill.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
  • Architects -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Architecture -- Colorado.
  • Buildings -- Colorado.
  • Amphitheaters -- Colorado -- Designs and plans.
  • Universities and colleges -- Colorado -- Designs and plans.
  • Architecture -- Colorado -- Designs and plans.
  • Hotels -- Colorado -- Denver -- Design and construction -- History -- Pictorial works.
  • Motion picture theaters -- Illinois -- Design and construction -- Pictorial works.
  • Architectural drawings (visual works).
  • Photographic prints.
  • Project files.