News in Brief
November 1, 2006
At the request of the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission, the city has applied for designation of the Hearthstone House on East Hyman Avenue as a historic property.Architect Robin Molny, who trained under Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the building, and, in a July 26 memo to the commission, planner Sara Adams states the lodge’s architecture is “illustrative of the design influences in Aspen post World War II.”According to Adams’ memo, the lodge “is currently planned for redevelopment.”The owner, Crete Associates LP, cannot submit a building application or permit under the city’s current building moratorium. In a July 27 letter to the owner, Adams said the property is “subject to a temporary stay of demolition” while under consideration for historic designation.The Hearthstone House’s designation is on Wednesday’s HPC agenda, with a public hearing before City Council tentatively scheduled for Nov. 27.
Beginning Nov. 16, Aspen will revisit the question of what to do with the Entrance to Aspen. The city will release a re-evaluation of a 1997 environmental impact statement on the area and proposed solutions.As a precursor to the re-evaluation, the city will show a 40-minute video, made in conjunction with GrassRoots TV, about the history of the 30-year Entrance to Aspen debate.The video, “The Entrance to Aspen: How Did We Get Here?” will show at the Wheeler Opera House 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Nov. 8; 11:30 a.m., Nov. 10; and 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13. The shows are free, and a question-and-answer session will follow each screening. The video will begin running on GrassRoots TV after Nov. 13.