Aspen, Colorado - Pitkin County
Historic Victorian Era Hotel Renovation
The “crown jewel” of Aspen, Colorado, the Hotel Jerome is a landmark building located on East Main Street. This historic brick structure was originally built in the 1880s by Jerome B. Wheeler and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. It was one of the first buildings West of the Mississippi to have full electric lighting and a popular community meeting spot for a century.
This renovation and restoration project occurred in the late 1980s, when this historic hotel was a hundred years old. The structural system was completely restored. The building was stripped down to tis bare framing and new steel beams were threaded through opening cut in the brick façade. The old stone foundations were under pinned and the basement floor lowered by two feet. The exterior light well in the center of the building was capped with a new “sky-roof” and a multi-story atrium was opened up in the lobby. The original interior finished were brought back to their original appearance. Victorian-era details were carefully removed, refurbished, and reinstalled. The original Bayer’s paint scheme was blasted off in favor of the original brick.
Z-Group Architects’ involvement in the Hotel Jerome’s restoration led to half a dozen Historic Preservation Awards and its addition to the National Registration of Historic Places. Although a great deal of design effort was dedicated to rebuilding a run-down and structurally failing century old property, the elegant interior renovation has restored the building to its original character and to this day the Hotel Jerome remains a center piece of Aspen social life.
Historic Preservation Award, Aspen Historic Preservation Committee
AIA Student Awards Citation, AIA Western Mountain Region
American Institute of Architects - Honor Award, AIA Colorado West Chapter
Historic Hotels of America Designation, National Trust for Historic Preservation
"Leading Hotels of the World" list as only Colorado hotel
National Registry of Historic Places