Will ‘Victorian Double-wide’ become Aspen’s next art gallery?

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times

Neil Ross named it the “Victorian Double-Wide” in 1980. Some 34 years after the 300 S. Spring St. building got its moniker, and 36 years after Ross opened his insurance agency there, the structure has changed ownership.

Last week, New York-based 100 S. Spring St. LLC bought the building for $2.69 million, according to Pitkin County property records. Other records tie the limited-liability company to Marianne Boesky, whose art-gallery ventures have landed her ample coverage by the New York media. Earlier this month, one of her galleries sold a Frank Stella piece for $1 million to Leonardo DiCaprio, according to published reports.

Yet any designs Boesky has for the property haven’t been unveiled publicly. There’s no building-permit application on file for the building, which the city deemed “non-historic” in 2007. The property is zoned for residential, office, retail and restaurant space.

Boesky — whose father, Ivan Goesky, was convicted of insider training in the 1980s and is said to have helped inspire the Gordon Gekko character in “Wall Street” — also declined comment.

“At this time, Marianne is not ready to discuss her plans for the space,” her publicist wrote in an email to The Aspen Times.

Meanwhile, Ross remains in business but at a different location. He moved to the Aspen Business Center earlier this month. He said he put the building up for sale last year, and it went under contract in the spring. He said he sold it for personal reasons.

“My understanding is that the building will stay in a similar state,” Ross said. “I hope the building stays as a Victorian Double-Wide. … That’s what I named it in 1980.”


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