This website is a guide and celebration of mid-20th century architecture in Aspen. The architectural and cultural resources of the Modern movement and the recent past are an important chapter in our local and national story, encompassing innovative ideas in architecture and planning, and places that demonstrate the influence and impact of history.
World-renowned architects were attracted to the area by Aspen's potential and one-of-a-kind mountainous surroundings. The architecture communicates both a distinct sense of place and a sophisticated level of design. More modest buildings of the period show the community’s will to become a world class ski resort and vacation destination. Conservation of the built environment not only informs our collective history, but provides innovative opportunities for planning and stewarding our landscapes; helping people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.