Aspen Historic Preservation Commission wins 2014 NAPC Commission Excellence Award for “Commission of the Year”




Aspen Historic Preservation Commission wins 2014 NAPC Commission Excellence Award for “Commission of the Year”


Contact:  Paul Trudeau, NAPC Program Director, 706-369-5881 or and Amy Simon, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Aspen, 970-429-2758 or


Aspen, Colorado – July 15, 2014– The Aspen Historic Preservation Commission has been selected as a recipient of a Commission Excellence Award from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC). The NAPC Commission Excellence Awards recognize and honor the outstanding efforts and achievements of local preservation historic district and landmark commissions, and boards of architectural review. The program is intended to highlight ‘best practices’ and exceptional accomplishments by historic preservation commissions at the local level, for both large and small communities, to protect historic districts and landmarks through legislation, education and advocacy. The NAPC Commission Excellence Awards are the only national awards program specific to the work of local preservation commissions.


The Aspen Historic Preservation Commission was honored in the category of “Commission of the Year” for their work in creating the Aspen Modern Individualized Incentives Program. This program is the result of many years of hard work geared towards preserving the city’s Mid-Century Modern resources. In order to boost the preservation of these resources the city created a program that uses case-by-case negotiations of incentives between the City and property owners that are willing to volunteer for landmark designation. The result of these negotiations is a package of incentives tailored to the needs of the property. This program has resulted in an increase of designated Mid-Century Modern resources, and with the addition of a website promoting the program even more resources are being voluntarily designated.


The award will be presented as part of a ceremony at NAPC’s biennial FORUM conference in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, July 19, 2014. FORUM 2014 will bring together over 500 preservation professionals and commission members from across the country for a week of training, education and networking. FORUM is held in different destination cities every two years and is the only national conference dedicated to the important work of volunteer commission members in locally-designated historic districts.


Founded in 1983, NAPC’s mission is to build strong local preservation programs through education, advocacy, and training. For more information, visit



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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014