PASSINGS / Peter H. Dominick Jr.

Staff and Wire Reports

Peter H. Dominick Jr., 67, a Denver architect whose designs included the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim and other Disney theme park hotels, died Jan. 1 of a heart attack during a cross-country ski outing in Aspen, Colo.

Dominick was president and chairman of 4240 Architecture, a firm based in Denver and Chicago. He had previously led the Urban Design Group, based in Denver.

Besides designing the Craftsman-style hotel at Disney’s California Adventure theme park, Dominick was responsible for the Wilderness and Animal Kingdom lodges at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.


He designed office buildings, shopping centers and homes, mainly in Colorado, as well as the Great Platte River Road Monument that spans Interstate 80 in Kearney, Neb.

With other developers, he was also involved in the revitalization of the downtown Denver neighborhood that was dubbed LoDo.

Dominick was born June 9, 1941, in New York City, one of four children of Nancy Parks and Peter Hoyt Dominick Sr. When he was 5, the family moved to Colorado. His father, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. Senate and represented the state from 1963 to 1975.

Dominick earned a bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Yale University and later received a master’s in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.