July 12, 2019

Preservation Personals: An Auspicious Aspen Landmark

  • By: Emma Sarappo
The exterior view of the Ford Schumann house in Aspen, Colorado.

photo by: Robert B. Latousek

Aspen, CO 81611.

Architecture lovers looking for a beautiful home in beautiful surroundings need look no further. I am the perfect synthesis of Modernist design and Western sensibilities, nestled high above the valley in Aspen, Colorado. I was built by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most talented apprentices, and his influence shows in the way my indoor and outdoor spaces complement one another.

My architect, Richard Molny, built me in the middle of his career to showcase all he’d learned—and what he still dreamed of doing. W. Ford Schumann commissioned him to create a private residence, but Molny was a longtime Aspen resident, and I am a personal love letter to the area. My low ceilings and long hallways herd visitors into the gorgeous expanse of my living room, which has an entire wall made of glass. Through that giant window, you can see the pool deck—and all of the natural beauty of Aspen, down into the valley and up to the jagged peaks.

Even if you’re not familiar with Molny’s work, I am an undeniably beautiful house. I have five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, giving you more than enough space to stretch across the hillside. I’m also tucked away in tony Starwood, a gated community, on a 2.3 acre lot, so there’s more than enough privacy for my new owner to connect with nature in peace. And, of course, it is Aspen, so if you’re interested in skiing, the slopes are in reach and waiting for you—just like I am.

If you’d like to own an iconic piece of Aspen, see my listing here. If you’re seeking something less grand, see our other historic real estate listings here.

The interior of the Ford Schumann house with a view to the Aspen valley.

photo by: Robert B. Latousek

The house's interiors have views of its beautiful surroundings.

The aerial view of the Ford Schumann house in Aspen.

photo by: Robert B. Latousek

The house's geometric shape includes additions that blend in with the original form.

Emma Sarappo is a former Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She can be found writing or in the kitchen of her century-old DC rowhouse.

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