Summer 2017 Tour #5

Mid-Century Modern Houses of Ruhtenberg
August 3rd at 6:30 pm

ADDRESS: Tour begins at 205 W Fontanero St. (Snyder House).

PARKING: Park along streets at first venue on W. Fonranero St. Parking is limited at the second venue on Monroe St.
Carpooling is encouraged.

TOUR GUIDES: Elaine Freed, Architecture Writer.  Elaine was Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) Home & Studio and Vice President of The FLW Foundation; retired Administrator at Colorado College. She has authored books on local architects Jan Ruhtenberg and Ingraham & Ingraham.  

TOUR COORDINATOR: Al Rohere

THE TOUR:
At the Snyder house, Ms. Freed will provide an overview of architect Jan Ruhtenberg and what to look for in his designs. The Snyder House, built in 1947, exemplifies Ruhtenberg’s early work locally: concrete block walls, stucco exterior, concrete ceiling/roof, glass around front door, big windows/ doors overlooking the patio, wide roof overhangs for shade. This is a split level without a basement, simple and spare.
 
The Fanoni House (124 West Monroe), built in 1959, is an elegant ‘villa’ organized around a large atrium. It features an oval dining room, outdoor pool and wood framing instead of his usual masonry walls.
 
The Giddings House (130 W Monroe), built in 1958, is similar to the Fanoni house next door, but with brick walls & a unique table slab hung from the ceiling.  The 1-story house is built around a curved patio.
There is some handicap access but the tours consist of exteriors only, with slopes & steps .
Restrooms are NOT available. 

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes

RESTROOM FACILITIES: Yes

COST: Free to HPA Members
Non-Members $10

If you have questions about this tour, contact:
Al Rohr at 719.641.1542

 


This project is partially funded by a State Historic Fund grant awarded from the Colorado Historical Society.