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HPC hands out Honor Awards

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Projects involving two 19th-century homes, a church and one commercial building have been singled out for special recognition by Aspen?s Historic Preservation Commission.

The HPC handed out its 2002 Honor Awards last week at the Wheeler Opera House. It was the 14th year for the awards program, which honors exemplary historic preservation projects.

In addition, the commission?s Elizabeth Paepcke Award, given to members of the community who have made an important effort in historic preservation, went to the Aspen City Council.

?We?ve put a lot of time and effort into picking the recipients of these awards,? said Jeffrey Halferty, commission vice chairman.

Two residences received praise for additions that don?t undermine the historic integrity of the original buildings on the property.

The 1890 miner?s cottage at 610 W. Smuggler St., owned by Richard and Hildegard Wax, received an award for a ?modest and well-designed addition that is not visible from the street, and which contributes to the character of the alley,? Halferty noted.

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Also receiving plaques for the project were architect Dave Gibson and contractor Richard Wax and Associates and Jeff Davis.

A new addition linking an 1886 miner?s cottage and a 1920s barn at 330 Lake Ave. also received an award.

The owners, Bill and Ellen Hunt, restored the front porch and entry on the house to their original condition and took pains to expand the home in a way that did not overwhelm the historic buildings, Halferty noted.

Receiving an award were the Hunts, Paul D?Amato Builder Inc. and Lipkin Warner Design and Planning.

A sensitive addition to the Aspen Community Church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also earned HPC recognition.

?The project was able to incorporate necessary modern improvement in a very unobtrusive and appropriate design,? Halferty said.

Architect Graeme Means received an award for his design of a rear elevator tower that melds with the old stone church, which was built with peachblow sandstone from the Fryingpan River Valley.

The congregation and contractor Harold Unglert also received plaques. Ray Lavender earned a mention for helping select materials for the addition.

Restoration of the original facade and entryway to the Andre?s Building, now home to Prada, also received an Honor Award. The building, at 312 S. Galena St., was built in 1886. It was purchased in 2000 by a group of investors who restored the building to its original appearance and removed the pink paint that had covered its face.

Receiving honors were four members of Aspen Downtown LLC: John David, developer/contractor; Gary Nichols, developer/contractor; Mark Haldeman, developer; and Steve Belloti, developer; as well as the late Thompson Schultz of Philos International.

Renovation of the interior of the building by Prada also received praise. Hansen Construction, Brand + Allen Architects of San Francisco and Studio Baciocchi were involved in that effort.

The City Council earned HPC recognition for its adoption of two new ordinances that govern Aspen?s historic preservation program. The updated legislation, drafted through more than a year?s worth of discussions and sometimes contentious public hearings, also earned a 2002 State Honor Award from Colorado Preservation Inc.

?Sometimes great results emerge from some controversy,? said Mayor Helen Klanderud, accepting the award. ?I cannot say enough in favor of what HPC has done and continues to do in this community.

?I want to thank the HPC and Amy Guthrie [historic preservation planner]. They were really the front line in accomplishing these new guidelines.

[Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com]

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