Wheeler / Stallard Museum

Location

620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, CO
81611

Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
12 - 5 p.m.

Free Admission

Generously underwritten by Jacolyn & John Bucksbaum, Ruth Turnquist Carver, Carol & Mike Hundert, Melony & Adam Lewis, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, and Corrine & Lenny Sands

The Wheeler/Stallard house is a Queen Anne style Victorian built around 1887/1888. The first floor of the Museum is interpreted as a Victorian Aspen home and the second floor gallery features rotating exhibitions to explore area history. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the grounds comprise the Ruth Whyte Park.

Site History

Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne-style Victorian home in 1887 as his private residence and the only home in Aspen to be situated on an entire city block. Despite Wheeler’s plans, his wife, Harriet, refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and the family never lived in the house. Wheeler rented the house to his employees until he declared bankruptcy after the Silver Panic of 1893. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved into the home in 1905 and eventually purchased it in 1917. The family occupied the home for 40 years. It was sold to Walter Paepcke in 1945, and served as employee housing for Hotel Jerome staff. The house then became the residence of the Aspen Institute’s president before the Aspen Historical Society rented it in 1968 and then purchased in 1969 to use as a museum.

Current Exhibition

Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed

Summer 2020 – Spring 2025

Aspen Historical Society presents the history exhibition Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed, a comprehensive view of the area’s fascinating past. The exhibition explores the stories that shaped the community’s distinct identity: from mining boom to dilapidated ranching town to today’s international recreational and cultural resort, Aspen forged a unique path. Featuring photographs and artifacts that represent Aspen’s connection to national events and trends, the exhibition reflects on the community’s place within the larger historical landscape of the nation – sometimes congruent, sometimes divergent – but always exciting. Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed appeals to visitors and locals of all ages, showcasing the depth of the AHS Collection.

Special Thank You

to the generous supporters who made this exhibition possible:

Century

Melony and Adam Lewis
Lynda and Stewart Resnick

Decade

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum
Corrine and Lenny Sands Foundation
Fred and Elli Iselin Foundation
Thrift Shop of Aspen
ZG-CHICKS

Year

Charles Cunniffe Architects

Artifact

Austin Memorial Foundation
Bob Beattie Ski Foundation
Ruth Turnquist Carver
Karen Hartman
Barbara Reid and David Hyman
Allison and David Ratajczak
Susan and Chuck Riepenhoff
Christin and Mark Taché
Valley Fine Art

In-Kind

The Aspen Times

Community Gallery

The Community Gallery is a multi-use space located on the first floor of the Archives Building. The Community Gallery also features rotating displays highlighting works from the AHS Collection.

Currently on display, a curated selection of historical images from the newly accession Aspen Illustrated News Collection offers viewers a photojournalistic history of life in the area in the late 1960s. Launched as an alternative to The Aspen Times, Aspen Illustrated News was published weekly from December 18, 1964 through February 1970. The newspaper was owned and published by Harold Pabst (of the Pabst Blue Ribbon family) and, according to the inaugural issue, the paper was “…dedicated to bringing, both in words and pictures, news of interest to Aspen and Pitkin County. Aspen and Pitkin County are growing at a pace which virtually guarantees that we will have more problems, not less. This calls for more community action, cooperation, and solid information.” The photo-heavy publication featured images taken by staff and freelancers, including prolific photographer David Hiser, who provided a vibrant view of the 1960s as they documented life in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Illustrated News Collection was donated by the Pabst family and includes hard copies of the issues as well as more than 5,500 images taken by various photographers for the paper.

Grounds Rentals

Whether your event is formal and elegant or Colorado casual, this one-of-a-kind park setting in the heart of Aspen’s historical West End neighborhood delivers an eclectic blend of Victorian charm and Aspen hospitality.

Available Memorial Day through early October

Contact Us

Gallery

Additional Locations

Archives Office

620 W. Bleeker Street

Holden/Marolt Museum

40180 Highway 82

Ashcroft Ghost Town

11000 Castle Creek Road

Independence Ghost Town

16 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82

Land Acknowledgement
We gratefully acknowledge we gather on the land of the Uncompahgre band of the Ute Nation, or Nuche, past and present. We honor this land and the people who lived in harmony with the natural world for generations before their forced removal. We are committed to sharing the complete history of the land, recognizing and partnering with Native Peoples, and supporting the advancement of Native places and heritage. This calls us all to be better stewards of the land we inhabit and the natural resources we benefit from today.