And they'll get plenty of guidance at the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society's winter symposium, set for January 20 at the Boettcher Mansion -- itself a prime example of Arts and Crafts architecture, although on a much grander scale. The symposium ends with a talk by Bruce Smith, author of The Beautiful Necessity: Decorating With Arts and Crafts, former editor of the American Bungalow News and now associate editor of American Bungalow Magazine. At workshops earlier in the day, Glen Aaron and his design students from Metro State College will show off their "Neo-Arts & Crafts" furniture, and Fiona McBride of New World Craftsman will demonstrate how to use current fabric and wallpaper design to create screens in the style of Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Workshops.
A century after the heyday of the Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley and other founders are still revered for their streamlined, elemental designs, a direct response to the overblown Victorian era. Buildings in the area that resonate with this influence range from the Boathouse in Washington Park to the Grandview Terrace area in Boulder (recently threatened by the University of Colorado's expansion plans) to all the bungalows that abound in the city. No matter how modest the Craftsman structure, though, the Society deems it worthy of preservation -- and celebration.