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The Boomerang: 1963

The Boomerang: 1963

Winter 1962-63 in Aspen, Colorado. Boomerang Lodge, designed by owner Charlie Paterson, a Frank Lloyd Wright-trained architect (and ski instructor). The vehicle on the left is a Cadillac hearse used as a lodge limo! View full size.

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The Boomerang

You can see the rec room window to the pool in another photo in this Aspen winter 62-63 series. Alas, time marches on and Charlie sold the Boomerang and the lot across the street a few years ago. The two sites whose links are below describe the new version that's in progress. It seems to be a condominium leaseback arrangement but I'm not clear about it. The first site says, "To honor Aspen's past, The Boomerang's 'East Wing' will retain its historic charm. Originally sketched by Charlie Paterson while studying at Taliesin West, the breakfast lounge remains as it was - with its walls and fireplace of rustic concrete and windows arranged for maximum openness. Renamed the Paterson Room, it is a tribute to Aspen's past". We'll see... (good history section here)

When in Aspen

I've stayed at the Boomerang many times on business, and it is wonderful. There's a rec room in the basement that has a window looking out into the in-ground pool. Very cool. The newer part of the hotel features gas fireplaces in every room, and private balconies. I think it is a bargain, especially for Aspen.

Politically correct

I'm no fan of 60's architechiture but even those that are must have to admit how ugly this building truly is. So few structures of this time period have been saved (thankfully) and I'm betting that even in the ever correct Aspen, this one is gone. Better to concentrate on saving the beautiful buildings from earlier in the century that are now threatened.

Motel Hell . . . o

I'll take a two-way ticket in the Lodge-Limo if you don't mind.


Nice grouping of old cars--the blue Pontiac by the Ford is very nice.

[Those are new cars! - Dave]


What a dedicated cyclist!

Heated Pool ...

Well, I certainly hope so!

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