Aspen chamber board: Save the Given
June 29, 2010
ASPEN – The Aspen Chamber Resort Association board of directors has thrown its support behind efforts to save the Given Institute buildings in Aspen’s West End.
The board on Tuesday approved a resolution urging the University of Colorado School of Medicine to continue working with the community to preserve the conference facilities on a lot that overlooks Hallam Lake.
Board member Stan Clauson proposed the resolution, though he acknowledged the community may somehow need to compensate CU for the property.
“There will have to be some way of taking them out of the loop,” he said.
The Given was designed by 20th century American architect Harry Weese.
“It really is a masterpiece of architecture by an extremely significant architect,” Clauson said. In addition, the facilities are a community resource worth preserving, he argued.
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“It seems appropriate at this point to provide some sort of resolution for this resource remaining in the community,” Clauson said.
CU officials say operating the Given costs as much as $200,000 annually and that they have a buyer interested in the property, but not the buildings.
The proposed razing of the structures, however, has spurred Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission to pursue steps to have the buildings designated as historic.