The renovated Hotel Jerome would receive numerous awards and recognition. The author Janet Dailey says it well “…once again, the Hotel Jerome stood in stately dignity… no longer a symbol of Aspen’s rich past but a vital part of its present.” No small amount of effort was dedicated to rebuilding a century old, run down, structurally failing hotel; to Z-Group Architects it was the only solution for the centerpiece of our Aspen social life. This year the Hotel Jerome enduringly and endearingly celebrates 130 years of housing, feeding, and serving the Aspen community. It’s very much part of what sustains that enigmatic quality that makes Aspen so special. The building was stripped down to its bare framing and a new steel structure was delicately threaded into the building. The old stone foundations underpinned, and the basement lowered. The exterior lightwell in the center of the building was capped to create a “sky roof”, inviting guests in the lobby to a bright two-story atrium. The Victorian era details were carefully removed and lovingly restored and reinstalled, and miraculously the Certificate of Occupancy was issued on December 31st. just hours before the Historic Preservation credits would expire forevermore.