Mesa Building

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Project Summary

Mesa Building

Type

Commercial – Office

Location

Aspen, Colorado

Scope
Architecture
Interior Design
Public Process
Master Planning
Due Diligence
Photography
Brent Moss
Historic photos provided by Aspen Historical Society

Description

We are thrilled to announce that the historic Mesa Store, located on Main Street at the entrance to Aspen, is our new home and headquarters. Listed as a historic landmark structure within the Aspen Main Street Historic District, this location accommodates continued team growth and the expansion of the firm’s national body of work.
 
“The Mesa Store has been our favorite Main Street building since the day Sarah Broughton and I first came into town, and shepherding it into the future is something we don’t take lightly. Building on the legacy of our firm while acting as the faithful stewards of this important property is humbling. As we embrace the opportunity to control our own destiny, it’s an honor and a privilege to call the Mesa Store our studio and R+B home!” Principal, John Rowland, AIA
 
About the Mesa Store
 
Located at the corner of Fourth and Main Street at the entrance to Aspen’s downtown core, the Mesa Store is a historic and iconic Old West structure built in 1889. Originally used as a general store, then a bakery, with a shopkeeper residence above, the significant features of the lap-wood-sided structure include a two-story, false-front façade with large storefront windows at street level, double-hung windows along the upper floor, and a hidden gable roof beyond. The signature covered front was originally designed to protect a typical western wood boardwalk. 
 
Restoration and Preservation

 “Rowland+Broughton, as new owners of 500 W Main, went far beyond the minimum City of Aspen requirements to restore the Mesa Store. Beautiful Victorian details which were removed decades ago, including windows, chimneys and the decorative front porch, have been carefully recreated so that this building, the largest false front structure remaining in Aspen, is once again an architectural icon on Main Street.” Amy Simon, City of Aspen Historic Preservation Officer.
 
The interiors of the studio spaces includes reclaimed wood floors with clean white walls and white oak millwork. Collaborative, ergonomic work areas feature natural light and are adaptable to required usage. New landscaping and gardens complement the historic yard and open space patterns of Main Street, while providing a modern aesthetic.

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