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Benedict Building

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1980s, Fritz Benedict. 1280 Ute Ave.

Hidden in an aspen grove, this one-story, raw wood, shed-roofed extension of its site is almost a nonbuilding, Along with the architect's office, it houses the Tenth Mountain Headquarters, which, among other things, operates eighteen backwoods crosscountry ski huts, whose design Fritz Benedict oversaw.

Frederic (Fritz) Benedict, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, became acquainted with Aspen while a member of the army's Tenth Mountain Division ski troops. During a fifty-year romance with Aspen landscape and architecture that ended with his death in 1995, he developed, with his brother-in-law Herbert Bayer, an “Aspen style,” exemplified by well-sited, low-slung Modernist structures of indigenous materials, notably wooden beams that often seem to fade into surrounding aspen groves. Benedict's work in Aspen ranges from the sod-roofed, lowslung Aspen Club Condominiums, 1450 Crystal Lake Road, to the Tipple Inn, 605 Dean Street, an old mine tipple site where Benedict made simple but handsome use of structural members as decorative elements.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Benedict Building", [Aspen, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-PT24.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 496-497.

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