AHS Project Receives Bancroft Award


Recognition for Renovations

For advancing preservation and public access to historical artifacts.

The Aspen Historical Society (AHS) has received statewide and local recognition for renovations to its Carriage House Archive Building. History Colorado, part of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, presented AHS with the Bancroft Award for advancing preservation and public access to historical artifacts.

The Evolve team is proud to have partnered with Forum Phi Architects on this project to preserve, renovate, and update this historic structure. Listen to a discussion about this project on Aspen Public Radio here.

This project consisted of a 3,200 s.f. replica of a historical building with 2 stories over a lower level basement built in the 70’s and designed for renovation in 2011. The upper floor usage to the East was changed from storage to office space. The main level floor remained a public area. The lower level houses the archive stacks which expands over the floor area while maintaining the same maximum loading per square foot.  This is a vital structure in preserving the history of Aspen, housing the majority of historical archives and artifacts. We reviewed and analyzed the existing structure for increased loading due to revised space usage and added materials for increased durability and fire protection. View the project details here.