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We must protect Aspen’s treasured buildings

Dear Editor:

As we have been hearing the last few months, both Little Annie’s and the adjoining Tom Benton buildings are threatened with demolition to make way for a new 40-foot-high, mixed-use complex that will cover five downtown Aspen lots.

These two buildings, although not individually designated historic by the Historic Preservation Commission, are a part of Aspen’s designated, historic downtown district. The district was formed to protect Aspen’s character and Aspen’s history. As both of these buildings are contributing elements to the district, they must be protected. Replacing them with the proposed massively out-of-scale new building will alter the look and feel of that block and also negatively impact the entire Aspen historic-core district.

I personally don’t know anyone who supports the demolition of these two buildings and I hope that more of them speak out. Our city council needs to know how we feel about this important issue of protecting the character and history of Aspen.

The Wienerstube was one of the latest buildings to have been demolished, with a massive, Japanese contemporary building (the Aspen Art Museum) planned to take its place.

Like extinction, demolition is forever.

Lani White