Aspen History: ‘Aspen’s new Highlands Area’

Aspen Historical Society
One b/w photograph Aspen Highlands area under construction. All that is completed of the building is the A-frame construction of the roof. Around the and in the building are various construction materials with two men standing near a beam toward the back middle of the image. To the right of the image can be seen a wooden staircase showing that building was two stories. Published in the Aspen Times October 23, 1958 on page 1.

“Nearing completion at Aspen’s new Highlands Area is one of Colorado’s most interesting restaurant structures,” declared The Aspen Times on October 23, 1958. “Composed of multiple A frames in three rows, the new building is located at the foot of the main slope near the bottom of the double chairlifts. It will house a restaurant, snack bar, beer stube and will have a private club on the second floor. It was designed by Aspenite Fritz Benedict and will be open in time for the ski season next month.” Highlands opened to the public in November, 1958. The image above, taken by Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, appeared on the front page of the paper with this description in 1958.