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Thank you for this article about Mr. Crowther and for digitizing images from his collection. He was truly an original.

Great article, great project, great guy and great design work!

Ya know what else is great? Working with you on this, Debbie!

The ticket booths and signs at Lakeside are total gems. I'm glad to know who was behind those!

I worked at Lakeside for 4 seasons, and I just love that park.

I would like to add that Richard L. Crowther was an instrumental mentor to many, myself included. His guidance influenced my life's direction immeasurably. One chapter where he played a guiding role was to Environmental Action of Colorado that was the group that coordinated of 'The Solar Heating, Cooling, and Energy Conservation Conference', which was held in Denver on May 1, 2 and 3, 1974. This turned out to be a keystone meeting of solar advocates, researchers, and government officials. It had the good fortune of being the first international federally-funded conference on solar energy post the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. As a result, the conference was very well attended with over 500 attendees from around the world. Many of the guest speakers were suggested to me as the Conference Coordinator by either Crowther or Dr. Jerry Plunkett.

This event was the true spark that kicked off numerous solar initiatives here in the US and worldwide. To list a few, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) held its charter formation meeting. The Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was first proposed as was the concept of a Federal Solar Energy Tax Credit out of which came the 40% tax credit, which is now the 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit. The National Science Foundation pledged funds for the Phase 0, Solar Schools Program for four schools in Virginia. Of course, it also launched Nunez’s lifelong passion and work championing the benefits of solar energy in its many forms.

The meeting also had a very strong passive solar and energy conservation leaning as a result of Crowther’s passion for these critically important aspects of our nation's "energy mix". Richard was decades ahead of his time, walked his talk religiously. I am pleased and proud to have known and worked with him on this and many other very important contributions.

Crowther's own house, office, and solar research lab at 401 N. Madison Street, Denver, CO is up for demolition. I'm leading the effort to have it designated as a Landmark in Denver. I'd love to learn more, especially personal stories like Mr. Nunez's above. Please contact me at if you'd like to help. We need all of the support we can get! Thanks

This great Denver Architect designed and built a futuristic home that paved the way for ART HOUSES preserved in the Cherry Creek, for a premiere neighborhood with a HOUSE that checks every level of a Preservation of Denver's fading past of prominent places. The
City Council voted for demolition row, but we know better, as it is time,
for Richard to be acknowledged for his vision for Environmental Hope.

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