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In honor of Women In Architecture month, we recognize Jane Silverstein Ries, also known as Julia Jane Silverstein, who was the first woman licensed in Colorado as a professional landscape architect.  She spent much of her career doing slightly formal yet intimate gardens alongside her efforts to preserve and restore historical sites. She was the recipient of the Community Service Award from the American Institute of Architects’ – Denver Chapter for her exceptional work and became the first president of the ASLA Rocky Mountain Chapter. In 1990, Jane Silverstein Ries was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for her efforts in historical preservation. By the end of her career, she had completed roughly 1500 gardens and left a lasting impression on Colorado’s landscape.

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Photo courtesy of the Cultural Landscape Foundation

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Photo courtesy of the JSR Foundation