The University of Colorado School of Medicine has operated the Given since 1973, when the West End conference center first opened. The facility was designed by architect Harry Weese and built with philanthropic funds on land sold to the university by Elizabeth Paepcke for half of its value. The Given was founded to host medical research conferences, and did so until CU officially ceased operations there after last summer.The university is relying on the eight-figure sale to help make up for declining state funding. CU also subsidizes the operation of the facility to the tune of about $200,000 a year.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Would-be developers of the land around the Given Institute are asking for an additional $5.5 million to preserve some of the property’s spacious backyard.The asking price for “lot two,” as the portion of the property between the Given building and the bluff overlooking Hallam Lake is known, brings the total price the developer is asking from the community to save the institute to about $10 million.That figure includes the $3.75 million price tag on the Given building itself and about $900,000 in waivers the developer is seeking from city fees that go to support parks, sewers and affordable housing, among other government services.In the latest hearing on the proposal, Aspen City Council members on Monday night questioned the appropriateness of the price tag and fee waivers.
By Curtis Wackerle, Jan. 25, 2011 Aspen Daily News
Read about the public debate for preserving structures perceived important to Aspen’s cultural and historic past