Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Faculty Publications
 

Document Type

Other

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Riverside Ranch was one of the first homesteads built in Colorado's Roaring Fork River Valley in the 1880s. The project site was a stop for the railroad and stage coaches travelling to nearby Aspen and a successful agricultural and ranching operation for decades. In the mid-twentieth century, the site transitioned into use as an asphalt mixing plant for the Colorado Department of Transportation. When the landscape architect began work, the site was essentially a brownfield in need of rehabilitation as it was host to multiple rundown historic buildings and remnants of the asphalt plant. The design team reconstructed the landscape to create a private residential property, incorporating native vegetation with year-round visual interest and reclaimed materials to tie the site to its heritage. A riparian corridor stores water on-site, releases it on demand for downstream users per state requirements, improves water quality, and provides habitat for multiple trout species. The historic structures were restored and reconfigured to create a visual amenity, forming a quadrangle in a manner reminiscent of the site's past.

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