Crandall Building

    Aspen, Colorado

R+B’s leadership throughout the public process helped the project team obtained Aspen’s first voluntary commercial post-war landmarked building from the City of Aspen. The project preserves the building’s original unique form and fenestration while adding a rooftop addition that complements the existing modern architectural vocabulary.

While respecting the late artist and architect Thomas W. Benton, the remodel/addition of the Crandall Building brings this iconic 1970’s building up to 21st century standards. Significant upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems maximized energy efficiency and sustainability. The most significant sustainability decision was not to demolish the original structure and redevelop entirely.


The Crandall Building is a clear expression of Thomas Benton’s graphic design style in three dimensions.  Each façade a clear reference to the graphic style that made Benton, a celebrated artist and architect, recognized beyond the Aspen community.



The Crandall Building faced many obstacles as a design build restoration and redevelopment and Rowland+Broughton brought high energy, creativity, commitment and professionalism to every aspect of the project. They have contributed to great projects and achieved remarkable results with their development partners in the Aspen community and beyond and are recognized in all fields of their profession; and for good reason.

– Jane Hills, Owner


The project preserves the building’s original unique form and fenestration, and adds a rooftop penthouse apartment that complements the existing modern vocabulary while contrasting its material and color.




Crandall Building

  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Size: 19,348 sq ft

    Services Provided

  • architecture
  • furniture and interior design


  • 2012 aia colorado west honor award | historic preservation
  • 2012 Aspen Historic Preservation Commission’s 2012 Annual Award | outstanding commitment to historic preservation