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Alan Gass Papers

Identifier: WH1832

Scope and Contents

The collection contains project documents and corresponding architectural drawings for Alan Gass projects. The bulk of records cover the 1960s-1990s, though their entire span is from 1950-2016.


  • 1950-2016

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Alan Gass is an architect licensed in Colorado and New York. He has been previously licensed in Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota. He studied Architecture at Harvard with an AB degree in Architectural Sciences and a Master’s degree in Architecture. Early in his career he gained experience working with I.M. Pei and Partners and James Sudler Associates, before opening his own firm, Gass, Gay Architects, in Denver. After dissolving Gass, Gay in 1966, he worked for James H. Johnson and Associates until 1973. From 1963-2003 he was actively involved in Denver Urban Design and transportation planning. While Vice President of Anderson Architects he became an expert in solar energy and educational facility design. After selling his interest in Anderson Architects in 1985, Gass moved to New York City and became a Senior Associate/Manager in the firm of Lee Harris Pomeroy Associates. While there he worked with such prominent clients as Swiss Bank Corporation, Saks Fifth Avenue, City College of New York, and Donald Trump and the Plaza Hotel. In 1990 he returned to Colorado to manage the Harris Concert Hall project in Aspen for Harry Teague. In 1993, he returned to Denver, joining Cab Childress in his initial design studies for the Denver University Ritchie Center. Mr. Gass has continued to work and lecture on architecture and urban design with his most recent projects being The Dennison Elementary School in Lakewood and an addition to a house in Starwood/Aspen that he originally designed in 1969.


46 Boxes

2 oversize boxes


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Alan Gass, 2004, 2017.

Physical Description

The materials are in good condition. Some architectural drawings have been humidified and flattened.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States