City debuts post-WWII architecture videos

By Real Aspen
July 22, 2010

Staff with the City of Aspen’s historic preservation program has produced a series of videos detailing five of Aspen’s post World War II architecture styles, which officially debut to the public today.

The videos are available on under the “community spotlight,” You Tube, the City of Aspen’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and on CGTV, Channel 11.

After viewing the videos, the public is invited to take a short, online survey regarding their opinion of the architecture that is described.

The videos help lead up to the Aspen Modern event, slated for next week at the Mountain Chalet, and are based upon new information gleaned from architecture “context papers.” The papers were commissioned by Aspen City Council as background documents for historic preservation discussions.

“The context papers are intended to help the community and City Council assess whether buildings from Aspen’s postwar era have historic significance,” said Sara Adams, senior planner.

The papers, which cost the City of Aspen $4,800 to hire consultants to produce, are rather lengthy. Rather than asking the public to read all the context papers, Adams decided to use the papers to produce a series of videos, condensing the information and providing images that illustrate each style. Adams produced the videos in-house, with longtime local and Aspen Historical Society employee Tom Egan volunteering his talents as narrator.

The videos will also serve as a primer for next week’s community-wide discussion on the historic preservation of modern structures.

The City of Aspen has been selected as one of six communities across the country to host a “Modern Module” as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign to raise awareness for preserving places from our recent past. Modern Modules have already been held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis and Boston. Aspen was chosen because its struggles, mistakes and successes in preserving the recent past can serve as a case study for other similar communities.

The free event, called Aspen Modern, will be Wednesday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mountain Chalet, 333 East Durant Ave. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

The goal of Aspen Modern is to engage the local community, including design professionals, elected officials, property owners, and the general public, to draw connections between Aspen’s exciting ski history and establishment as an intellectual center with Aspen’s architecture. Aspen Modern will create new opportunities for all generations to participate and speak to the preservation of modern and recent past resources.

See the attached flyer for more information. Watch the videos directly here:

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