Around Aspen: Paepcke remodel |

Around Aspen: Paepcke remodel

It was a magic moment recently when the Paepcke Memorial Building was opened after a major remodel.

The Aspen Institute hosted a full day of festivities, with tours of the building all day and several special programs: a live performance honoring the history of Aspen by the Aspen Historical Society Players, a talk by Steven Wickes about “Why Goethe? Why 1949, Why Aspen?”, a talk about Herbert Bayer, the building’s original designer, film screenings, a performance honoring the Paepcke family by Anna Deavere Smith, and a talk by Walter Isaacson about “The Role of the Aspen Institute in the World Today.” The day ended with a special reception for the major donors to the renovation, which cost a little over $11 million. The major givers were Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Lynda and Stewart Resnick and Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis.

Over the years Aspenites have enjoyed lectures, music performances, dance performances and films in the Paepcke Building, and the renovation guarantees many more years. Walter Isaacson told how during the remodel, the original plans by Herbert Bayer were found in the basement and were much followed in the redo; they were able to add skylights and fresh air vents and other amenities that were not economically possible when the building was originally built. Many Aspenites attended the events all day; it was a magic moment in time.

Jacob Rohe of Basalt recently graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a doctor of Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Undercurrent … The style of ladies’ shoes this summer is really something, and hardly practical. Currently the rage are very high wedgies or super-slim high heels. I remember the 1960s and early 1970s when wedgies were popular and many girls and women fell off them and broke an ankle or a leg. The super-slim high heels get caught in the bricks in the mall, or sink deeply into the lawn at garden parties.

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