Friday Favorite: Quintessential Colorado
This week’s Friday Favorite comes from the pages of the May/June issue, which you’ll find on newsstands now.
We’re absolutely in love with this gorgeous property in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. But it wasn’t always so beautiful.
When landscape architect Richard Shaw, principal of Aspen-based Design Workshop, initially visited the 40-acre site of his clients’ new home, it made a terrible first impression.
The land had been used as a cattle ranch since the late 1880s, but in 1980 it was turned into an asphalt batch plant to aid with nearby highway construction. The industrial operation left a devastated landscape in its wake.
While used as ranchland, the site had accumulated a collection of historic buildings. The original 1887 homestead and four other simple structures, dating up to the 1930s, peppered the landscape. Some of them were original to the property, and others had been moved to the site over the years. “They were on the verge of tumbling down,” Shaw says, “but the owners wanted to restore the buildings to something that was both usable and authentic to the property, creating a historic retreat for themselves and their guests.”
Architect Heidi H. Hoffmann of Aspen-based H3 Architects led the restoration of the deteriorating structures, while Shaw transformed the landscape, creating a design that flows from enclosed forest-like watercourses to open grassy meadowlands.
“This project,” Shaw says, “reveals the true beauty of how a pastoral landscape can be experienced.”
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