Aspen announces awards for historic preservation
ASPEN – The city of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission presented four awards on Tuesday for projects that have made an outstanding commitment to historic preservation.The awards were announced at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting. First, the commission honored restoration of the house at 202 N. Monarch St. that for many years has gone by the nickname “Blue Vic.” It was built in 1886 and is one of the few large Victorian homes remaining in the city.Located behind the Hotel Jerome, it was painted “Bayer blue” for many years, reflecting one of the paint colors selected by artist Herbert Bayer, according to the city. In 2005, after being in the same family’s ownership for 88 years, the house was sold, and the process of restoring it back to its original appearance – including green paint – began. The city recognized Stage Fine Homes, Scott Smith Architects, J.D. Black Construction, Shannon Murphy Landscape Architects, Lacroux Streeb, Lynni Hutton Inc. and KL&A Structural Engineers for the preservation work.The second award went to the Crandall Building at 630 E. Hyman Ave., an example of preservation of a building that falls under modern historical standards. It was built in 1969 under the design of renowned local architect Tom Benton, who might be best known for his activist posters and artwork, the city said in a statement.The Crandall family sold the property in 2009. The new owners voluntarily designated the building as a historic landmark and worked with the commission to add a rooftop addition and make other revisions that allowed the interior courtyard to be used year round. For this project, the city acknowledged Austin Lawrence Partners, Rowland + Broughton Architecture and Urban Design, John Olson Builder, Binbilla Landscaping, Haas Land Planning and Alpine Bank.The third award for high-quality architecture went to a house located at 216 E. Hyman Ave. The “Pink House,” as it has been called, was owned by Darcy and Ruth Brown during the infancy of Aspen Skiing Co., and is a Victorian-era property. The new owner, who has preserved the pink paint, built an artist studio among the trees behind the home. The award was presented to Ann Mullins, 1 Friday Design and Lone Pine Construction.The Elizabeth Paepcke Award for an individual or group that has been a longtime advocate of preservation was awarded to Gaard Moses. Moses has been an Aspen-area resident since 1966 and is recognized for his stewardship of Aspen’s historic murals and signs as well as his original artwork, which has identified many beloved businesses such as the J-Bar, The Red Onion and Little Annie’s.”If it weren’t for Gaard calling attention to Aspen’s remaining Victorian-era billboards, most would have faded away as the years passed. His own original signs are just as valuable and unique in Aspen,” said city of Aspen historic preservation officer Amy Guthrie.
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