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The Little Nell

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1989, Hagman Yaw. 675 E. Durant St.

At the base of Aspen Mountain gondola lift, the Aspen firm of Hagman Yaw designed what was then the town's state-of-the-art luxury hotel. Named for a rich Aspen Mountain mine, this multigabled, dormered, and balconied facade is as pleasing to passers-by as to guests. Horseshoe-shaped to capture sunshine and mountain views, it shows how a large hotel can be tailored to fit a small, sensitive site. Pretentious by comparison is the six-story red brick and cast stone Ritz-Carlton Hotel (1992, Monarch and Dean), three blocks west on Durant, which parades as a late medieval manor house wrapped around courtyards. The Ritz compound replaced the town's first modern public lodging, the Aspen Inn (1962, Fritz Benedict and Herbert Bayer).

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "The Little Nell", [Aspen, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 496-496.

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