Much has been written about Mountain Modernism in Aspen. Less widely known is the town’s rich Victorian architectural tradition. Built by the mining barons, investors and entrepreneurs of the late 1800s, most of the historic Victorians are located in the West End. In the heart of downtown Aspen — what the locals simply call “the core” — Victorians are much more rare. One exceptional mansion, a charming Queen Anne resting on a large corner lot on Cooper Avenue, just three blocks to the gondola and one block to Lift 1A — was built in 1890 for miner J.M. Dixon.
A designated landmark by the Aspen Historical Society, the unique square-shaped residence, with its wraparound porch, columns, spindle work and two-story bay window projection, immediately caught the eye of an artistically minded New Yorker who had been holidaying in Aspen for decades with her family and always dreamed of owning that house one day.
“It belonged to a friend of mine who once hosted me there with my kids 20 years ago,” recalls Christy Ferer, a former TV correspondent, decorating book author and media entrepreneur. When the historic home hit the market in 2003, she jumped at the opportunity to own a place of her own in the core.
“It reminded me of…