Leo Hill’s Namesake, HillTop, Dedicated at Frasier

BOULDER, CO–Frasier Board of Trustees and staff, along with friends, past colleagues, and members of the Leo Hill Estate, celebrated the completion of HillTop at a dedication ceremony on March 4, 2019.

HillTop, Frasier’s new residential gathering lounge, is the namesake of Leo Hill, a former longtime Frasier resident as well as a past member of the Frasier Board of Trustees. Hill’s generous gift, one of the largest bequests to Frasier of over $2 million, made the complete refurbishment of the 5th floor space, previously known as the Sky Lounge, possible.

“With this dedication we proudly celebrate the official opening of HillTop,” said Wayne Hutchens, representing the Leo Hill Estate Trustees. “We are honored this spectacular space represents so much of Leo and all that he represented.”

Hill was a Boulder city manager, University of Colorado administrator, a successful banker and community leader. Retirement did not slow Hill down as he served in a variety of capacities for many nonprofit organizations some of which include The United Way, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder Rotary, The Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the CU Buff Club to name a few. Hill passed away in May 2014. He lived life to the fullest and created thoughtful estate plans to live on after his death.

HillTop is the only space on the 5th floor of Frasier—creating a “penthouse” feel with sweeping west-facing views. The major renovation of the nearly 3,000-square-foot room included replacing and expanding a wall of windows facing the Flatirons, new fireplace, bar, catering kitchen, bathrooms, card room, and all new furnishings and décor—in a Colorado “contemporary” palette.

HillTop provides another gathering space and retreat on the Frasier campus for residents. The renovation was completed in November 2018 just in time for residents to enjoy the space for the holidays.

Frasier President and CEO Timothy A. Johnson reflected on the new lounge, “Leo was an integral part of Frasier—as a vital resident and Trustee. His bequest helped to overhaul this space which is fitting for Leo’s legacy. He always created a sense of community and bonding in whatever he did. We will fondly remember Leo, with heartfelt gratitude—every time we are in the HillTop.”

Frasier, located at 350 Ponca Place in Boulder, features residential living apartment homes, as well as assisted living, memory support, a wellness center, and on-site skilled nursing and rehabilitation accommodations and care for nearly 400 residents.

Frasier is a not-for-profit organization and has been dedicated to helping seniors enjoy independent and fulfilling lives. Currently Frasier is undergoing a $90+ million construction project, which includes the addition of The Prairies—an independent living apartment building, an Arts & Education Center; an expanded wellness center, a new dining room, and extensive renovations of existing dining venues.