After a little more than two weeks of the summer season, it is safe to say Aspen Historical Society’s new “Bauhaus Architectural Walking Tour” is a smashing success! Record numbers have been logged since the first tour on June 18th: “It’s been successful beyond our wildest dreams,” said AHS history coach Mike Monroney.
Created by Nina Gabianelli (Director of Education and Programming at AHS) in partnership with local architect Harry Teague, the tour was made possible in part by the City of Aspen to commemorate the summer 2019 Bauhaus 100: Aspen celebration season. The walking tour explores examples of Bauhaus principles that continue to inspire local design, including one of Herbert Bayer’s former residences, styles introduced by Bayer that have influenced area architects for decades, and the Aspen Institute Campus at Aspen Meadows, which is perhaps Bayer’s greatest work.
The tour starts at The Red Brick Center for the Arts and winds through Aspen’s historic West End, a neighborhood that serves as a living canvas of Aspen’s ever-changing architecture and design styles. From there the tour begins an in-depth exploration of the Aspen Institute campus at Aspen Meadows, beginning with Harris Concert Hall and the Benedict Music tent, both of which were designed by Harry Teague with significant Bauhaus influence. The campus feels like a living Bayer Museum, featuring several Bayer sculptures, his earthworks and Anderson Park, the Sgrafitto Wall, and much more. The tour ends at Bayer’s Health Club and the Doerr Hosier building (designed by Jeff Berkus and featuring many Bauhaus inspired elements).
Bayer was a founding member of Aspen Historical Society as well as what would become the City’s Historic Preservation Commission. The tour includes examples of Aspen’s historic preservation efforts, from the former Red Brick School house to restored and new Victorian homes to mid-century modern designs.
Highlighting the Bauhaus principles that can be found across this small mountain town, the tour is a must-do for anyone interested in Aspen’s design, architecture, and community values.
The two-hour tour is offered on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 through October 4th. Harry Teague will co-lead the 10:30am tour on September 27th and October 1st. The cost is $15 adults / $12 seniors / children 18 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult). No reservations are necessary.