City Poised to Designate Five of its Properties for AspenModern Program

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City Poised to Designate Five of its Properties for AspenModern Program

Contact:  Amy Simon, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Aspen, 970-429-2758 or

Aspen, Colorado – March 16, 2017 – The City of Aspen is poised to landmark designate five of its own properties through the voluntary AspenModern program. The properties include: Red Brick, Yellow Brick, 630 W. Main, 1101 E. Cooper, and Aspen Pedestrian Mall.

A prime reason for the City to designate these buildings for the AspenModern program is to recognize and promote awareness of Aspen's unique architectural history.
“For the City, participating in the historic preservation program that it administers is not just good stewardship, it is good leadership. It helps ensure Aspen's character, legacy, and historic resources are maintained. Aspen's historic preservation program also encourages sustainable reuse of historic structures,” said Amy Simon, senior planner for the community development department.

“Before these properties are included in the program, we are looking for community input,” Simon added.

The public can offer feedback at or attend the HPC public hearing on Wednesday, March 22 at 4:30, an open house with Q &A on Monday. April 24 from 3:30-4:30pm, or the Council public hearing on Monday, April 24 at 5pm.  All meetings are in Council Chambers.

The AspenModern program is voluntary and is meant to pay homage to 20th century buildings and sites that add to the context of modern Aspen, contribute to a sense of place, embody distinct characteristics of the time period, and illuminate design philosophies of the era.

In order to designate a property, it must go through an approval process through Aspen's Historic Preservation Commission and City Council
The protections AspenModern designation provides ensure these community assets will not be redeveloped in such a way that their character is lost.

Other examples of properties included in the AspenModern can be found at Below you will find the five proposed sites listed with a link to detailed information about each site, including photos, maps, architectural information, history and architectural assessments.

Red Brick:
Yellow Brick:
630 W. Main:
1101 E. Cooper:
Aspen Pedestrian Malls:

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017