Amy Simon

Courtesy Photo/City of Aspen / From the Ringle Collection, Aspen Historical Society

The City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission will look to protect five landmarks this week, in an effort to “lead by example.”

The Red and Yellow Brick buildings in Aspen’s West End, the original Aspen Mountain Rescue headquarters, a log cabin on Cooper Street and the downtown pedestrian malls are all being considered for the “Aspen Modern” designation.

  Aspen’s historic preservation commission (HPC) is a volunteer board with a lot of power. The group reviews developments within designated historic districts in town. HPC makes the final call for many new buildings — even going against City Council recommendations.