City of Aspen Launches AspenModern Website


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City of Aspen Launches AspenModern Website


Contact:  Amy Simon, Senior Planner for Historic Preservation, 429-2758, and Sara Adams, Senior Planner for Historic Preservation, 429-2778,

Aspen, Colorado – February 26, 2014– In an effort to honor, catalogue and share Aspen’s iconic architecture from the 1940s through the 1970s, the City of Aspen has launched a new website:  The site is a celebration of mid-20th century architecture in Aspen.

Just after World War II modern and resort oriented architecture made its first appearance in Aspen.  While the city’s image may be largely linked to its Victorian buildings, this architecture is significant in Aspen and reflects the design aesthetic that was dominant in America for over thirty years, as well as the meteoric transformation of Aspen from the pre-war Quiet Years to an internationally known ski destination and cultural center.  On seventy-three different properties are featured with photos, maps, type of building, designer, year built and property description.  In addition, thirty-one architects pivotal in the movement are featured as well as the six styles: Bauhaus/International, Wrightian/Organic, Modern Chalet, Rustic, Pan Abode and Chalet. 

“It was a large and worthy effort to inventory and archive these historic properties,” said Amy Simon, senior planner for the City of Aspen.  “We don’t know of many other small towns with this sort of resource and it’s a true tribute to an architectural era of Aspen that deserves to be commemorated.  We hope this engages the public, locally and around the world, to learn more about Aspen Modern and to support protecting this legacy.”

The effort to build this website was done in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which gave the City a $1500 grant.  That organization is undergoing its own campaign to preserve buildings from the modern movement in the face of steady demolition nationwide of these resources.

“Preserving our past helps us know where we are going,” said Sara Adams senior planner.  “The history in these buildings informs us as a community that time and place matter.  Aspen was built up from a quiet town to a world-class resort during the time these buildings were designed and built and that means something in our collective history.  These buildings offer a distinct sense of place and a sophisticated level of design.”

The effort to catalogue and display the Aspen Modern buildings has been so successful that the City is now planning, a similar website that will list every Victorian in town using the same template.




Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014