HPC Awards Historic Preservation Leaders
Press Release

HPC Awards Historic Preservation Leaders
Awards to be Presented at City Council, Monday, June 26th, 5 p.m.

Contact: Amy Simon, City Historic Preservation Officer, 970-429-2758 or amy.simon@cityofaspen.com    

Aspen, CO – June 23, 2017 – The City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission will be presenting its annual awards during City Council’s meeting on Monday, June 26th at 5 pm. The awards have been presented for 24 years to recognize projects that have made an outstanding contribution to historic preservation in Aspen and to thank those responsible for the great work.  

This year HPC will honor two projects: the conversion of a Victorian era Powder House into an office at the Benedict Office building on Ute Avenue and the voluntary AspenModern landmark designation and light-handed remodel of 626 W. Francis Street.

The Powder House, located at 1280 Ute Avenue, was purposely built on the outskirts of the City to protect citizens from the danger of a large stockpile of as much as 60 tons of explosive powder to be used in mining.  An earlier version of this structure collapsed in 1897 during Decoration Day (Memorial Day) services at the adjacent Ute Cemetery.  It was rebuilt in 1898 at the demand of citizens of the East End of Aspen who feared for their lives, according to the Aspen Daily Times.  The Powder House features 18” thick brick walls and iron doors.  After the mining era, the building went unused for many years but was left standing as part of Fritz Benedict’s 1976 design for the Benedict Office Building.  In 2014, locals Pete McBride and Kate and Matt Holstein purchased the structure and have just completed its conversion into a unique office space.  Their efforts to adapt a historic structure to a new use are commendable.  The award recipients are: Pete McBride, Kate and Matt Holstein, Jim Jensen, and Brenton Curtis Metalsmithing LLC.

626 W. Francis Street was built in 1964 as one half of a duplex designed in a hybrid of swiss chalet and modern design approaches common in Aspen’s architectural scene in the early days of the ski industry.  A local developer recognized the historic value of the property, purchased and expanded one of the units, and a year later completed the process by buying and lightly remodeling the second unit.  The commitment to voluntarily landmark and preserve this property, and to honor the original character of the design, is being applauded by HPC.  Recognition for this project is given to: 626 W. Francis LLC, Adam Rothberg and Kim Raymond Architects, Inc.  
“Aspen HPC values the community minded preservation contributions these individuals have made to the city,” said Amy Simon, City of Aspen Historic Preservation Officer.

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Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017