The hotel was nearing its first century in Aspen’s history when it found a new owner with developer Rick Butera. It was time to invest in restoring this piece of history back to its Victorian-era glory, and with 7 months before a Historic Preservation Tax Credit expired, Z-Group Architects drew a plan for an extensive re-structuring and fast-tracked the construction. 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.