Historic Preservation Commission Awards

For more than 25 years, the City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission has presented its annual awards to recognize projects that make an outstanding contribution to historic preservation in Aspen, and to thank those responsible.

2023 Historic Preservation Awards

This year the Historic Preservation Commission honors one historical preservation project for their efforts in preserving Aspen's history.

Historical Preservation Project

Wheeler Opera House - 320 E. Hyman Avenue

Wheeler Opera House - 320 E. Hyman Avenue

The Wheeler Opera House located at 320 E. Hyman Avenue is a three-story building, with a theater and additional commercial space, constructed in 1889, blending the Italianate and Romanesque Revival architectural styles. It was originally financed by Jerome B. Wheeler, a New York investor who figured prominently in the Aspen area in the late 19th Century. Designed by W. J. Edbrooke, it was the third largest opera house in Colorado at the time that it was built, and it was made with local peach blow sandstone from the Frying Pan Valley. Its architectural style, opulence, and performances facilitated by the Silver Circuit association gave the mining town of Aspen a sense of prestige and community. 

The building recently underwent a multi-year exterior restoration. The work included the reversal of alterations that had been completed over the years, allowing the building to be appreciated under its original intent.

Recognition for this successful project is given to:

  • City of Aspen
  • Summit Sealants
  • Concept One Group
  • Mills + Schnoering Architects
  • Forrest Painting
  • KL&A
  • Built Environment Evolution
  • BendonAdams

Historic Preservation Commission Award Nominations

For more information about the Historic Preservation Commission Award process, contact Planning Director, Amy Simon.