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The city of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission presented four awards on Tuesday for projects that have made an outstanding commitment to historic preservation.

The awards were announced at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting. First, the commission honored restoration of the house at 202 N. Monarch St. that for many years has gone by the nickname “Blue Vic.” It was built in 1886 and is one of the few large Victorian homes remaining in the city.

Located behind the Hotel Jerome, it was painted “Bayer blue” for many years, reflecting one of the paint colors selected by artist Herbert Bayer, according to the city. In 2005, after being in the same family’s ownership for 88 years, the house was sold, and the process of restoring it back to its original appearance — including green paint — began.


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