Snyder’s Garage, Nederland, Colorado
I’m excited to be reconnecting with my old pals Mike High and George Elvin over a new project we’re teaming up on in Nederland, Colorado. It’s been 25 years since the three of us worked together as Providence Builders in Alexandria, Virginia, a short-lived design/build company I helped found soon after Mike and I graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. We loved working together back then, mostly on domestic scale renovations, but our ideas were beyond our capabilities. We’ve all kept on track in our different ways since that time- George earned his PhD in Architecture and is now a tenured professor; Mike is a seasoned real estate broker and craftsman; I’ve realized a range of ambitious projects in the realms of public art and design. Mike’s also invited his friend Carr to join us on our reconnaissance trip, who works internationally in various capacities producing events and staging live music.
Mike fell in love with the town of Nederland during an extended trip last winter and has been in touch with us all since then as he’s developed a strategy for the adaptive reuse of Snyder’s Garage, a well-sited historic building for sale downtown. We’ll spend the next two days in feasibility mode- surveying the building, brainstorming, visiting local sites, and generally devising a plan that capitalizes on our combined knowledge and professional experience.