The Given Institute is a conference center housed in a quirky, modernist building designed by renowned architect Harry Weese. It opened in 1973 on land donated to the University of Colorado by Elizabeth Paepcke, who gave a piece of her garden to the school. The Given was established as a place to hold seminars on advances in medical research. It continued to serve that mission through this past summer, when CU officially ceased operations there.The university’s School of Medicine, which operates the Given, has been trying to sell it for the last year and a half. The university currently has a contract with an anonymous buyer, known only as SC Acquisitions, LLC, for $13.8 million. That buyer is seeking the land use approvals for the new homes.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – A consortium of local interests is gathering with an eye toward buying some or all from the Given Institute site in order to save it from conversion to residential development, Aspen’s mayor said Wednesday.As a plan to subdivide the Given’s 2.25-acre lot and surround the conference center with three new homesites on the bluff overlooking the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) Hallam Lake nature preserve continues to fall short in the eyes of city officials, “citizen interests” are pushing for a better option, Mayor Mick Ireland said. He named ACES and the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation as potential partners in a new effort to “minimize development” on the West End site.
By Curtis Wackerle, Jan. 20, 2011 Aspen Daily News

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Given Institute, University of Colorado Medical School, Aspen, CO