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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Historic Preservation Commission Awards Leaders in Historic Preservation

301 E Hopkins is a 1890 miner's cabin.


Historic Preservation Commission Awards Leaders in Historic Preservation

Contact: Natalie Feinberg Lopez, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Aspen Community Development Department, 970-429-2759,    

Aspen, CO – August 11, 2021 – The City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission presented its annual awards during the Aspen City Council meeting on the evening of Tuesday, August 10. Now a tradition for more than 25 years, the awards recognize projects that make an outstanding contribution to historic preservation in Aspen and to thank those responsible.  

This year, the Historic Preservation Commission honored four projects and one individual. 

“Three of the four projects awarded were at one point very close to demolition rather than preservation. So, the Historic Preservation Commission is particularly grateful and excited to applaud the hard work and community-minded efforts put forth by the individuals and firms being recognized by these awards”, stated Natalie Feinberg Lopez, Historic Preservation Officer with the City of Aspen Community Development Department. 

The four structures that were awarded the Historic Preservation Commission Project Awards include: 

541 Race Alley: Built in 1964, this home is comprised of two log cabins and is landmark designated as an example of the type of modest housing developed in response to Aspen’s post-World War II growth. Recognition for this project was given to: John Morton (Developer), Willis Pember Architects (Architecture, Interior Architecture), Rudd Construction (General Contractor), Lift Studio (Landscape Architecture), Kristin Dittmar Design (Interior Design), Evolve Structural Design (Structural Engineering), Woody Creek Engineering (Civil Engineering), Climate Control (Mechanical Engineering), and Bailey House Movers.

301 E. Hopkins: Built in 1890, this structure is one of a few miner’s cottages in the commercial core that has been successfully preserved amid larger surrounding structures. It housed many businesses over the years and is now home to the Bear Den Café located on the corner of Hopkins and Monarch. Recognition for this project was given to: Alia Joonas and Bridger Smith (Owners), Jimmy Marcus, Ute City Advisors (Developer), CCY Architects (Architect), and Brikor Associates (General Contractor).

223 E. Hallam: This Queen Anne-style Victorian was built in the early 1890s and purchased by beloved Aspen photographer, Ferenc Berko, in 1957. Recognition for this project was given to: Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors, Koru Limited (General Contractor), Suarez Masonry, LLC, Aspen Preservation Company, (Restoration), Bob Gilbert (Paint), Alexander Roofing (Cedar Roof Restoration), LOA Carpentry (Porch Restoration), and Grizzly Creek (Porch Restoration).  

124 W. Hallam: This Queen Anne-style house was built in 1887. The current owner undertook extensive and heavily researched restoration using photos and physical evidence to accurately reconstruct missing elements, such as the front porch. Recognition for this project was given to: Stage Fine Homes (Developer), Ro | Rockett Design (Architect), Koru Limited (General Contractor), Elements, Inc. (Landscape Architect), and KL&A (Structural Engineer).

In addition to the Project Awards, the Elizabeth Paepcke Award was presented to a long-time preservation leader who demonstrates a commitment to historic preservation that has a clear impact on Aspen. 

The 2021 Elizabeth Paepcke Award was presented to Ann Mullins who served two terms on City Council and was a member and chair of the Historic Preservation Commission for six years. She also developed a walking tour of the Aspen Institute that showcases the design history of the campus to hundreds of participants each summer. 

Ann is the proud steward of her own landmark designated miner’s cottage, affectionally known as “The Pink House,” and received a Historic Preservation Commission Award in 2011 for the beautifully designed detached art studio she added to her property.

“During her tenure, Ann supported and improve dozens of important preservation projects by offering her significant professional expertise as a landscape architect,” said Feinberg Lopez. “We are beyond grateful for her valuable leadership in preserving Aspen’s history.” 

For more information about the Historic Preservation Commission Awards and recipients, visit

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