Sardy House lighting up anew
December 1, 2006
The new owners of the Sardy House on Main Street in Aspen have spent $250,000 to amp up the annual tree lighting at the historic home.”As the new owners of the Sardy House, we can’t think of a better way to honor the property’s rich history than to uphold the tradition of the annual Christmas tree lighting,” said John Devaney in a prepared statement.Devaney hired an Aspen lighting consultant, Robert Singer and Associates, to install the computer-controlled lighting system Color Kinetics. The system employs 10,000 programmable LED lights that simulate anything from a cascading rainbow to fireworks.
“We can make the lights do anything,” Singer said.The lights will stay on the tree year-round and can be used during other holidays.Singer and Associates crews tackled the project at the last minute, said Kale Lacroux, the company’s vice president. With just over a week to import the lights from China and do the installation, Lacroux’s staff worked alongside teams from R & A Electric of Glenwood Springs, Aspen Tree Service and PSI Crane to hang the lights before the Dec. 3 lighting ceremony.
“It’s going to be pretty special for the town,” Lacroux said. Devaney spent $120,000 on the lights alone and about $250,000 on the entire project, he said.The tree lighting ceremony is at 6 p.m. today. Jimmy Ibbotson of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be on hand to jam and the Dickens Carolers will croon alongside the Aspen Middle School Choir and the Waldorf Children’s Choir. There will be cocoa and snacks, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there.A Florida businessman, Devaney paid $16.25 million for the 1892 Queen Anne Victorian on Main Street. He and his wife, Selene, have been visiting Aspen for years. They support the Aspen Youth Experience, and Devaney’s company, United Capital Asset Management, will sponsor the 2007 Aspen Celebrity Downhill.
The Devaney’s plan to use the property as a vacation home and an employee and client retreat for Devaney’s businesses.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.