The Given Institute is a conference center in the West End owned and operated by the University of Colorado since 1972. The land was gifted to the university by influential Aspen figure Elizabeth Paepcke, who selected Chicago architect Harry Weese to design the 12,000-square-foot building. The conference center was established as a home for a medical research conference that had been coming to Aspen since the mid-1960s and had outgrown its venue at a local school.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE -The application to make Aspen’s Given Institute a historic landmark while creating a new three-home subdivision around the conference center asks for 10 years of vested rights and flexibility on building heights near the bluff overlooking Hallam Lake.The application, submitted by representatives of prospective buyer SC Acquisitions to City Hall on Thursday, is scheduled to be voted on by Aspen City Council as soon as Jan. 24. A joint meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) will hold the first public hearing on the proposal Jan 4. While a second meeting with the HPC and P&Z is scheduled for Jan. 12 if necessary, City Council will hold a preliminary “first reading” review of the Given proposal on Jan. 10.
By Curtis Wackerle, Dec. 5, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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