Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Steamboat Barn to be made into a park, surrounding land to be developed
There is a proposal to move Steamboat's iconic barn slightly, put it on a new foundation and donate the barn and a small park to the city. At first I was a shocked since the barn is one of my favorite things about Steamboat Springs but then I realized that if they also fix the roof and make a few minor repairs this could ensure the barn's long term survival as a Steamboat icon. I never fail to get a warm feeling when I see it and I go out of my way on nearly a daily basis to do so. I have worried about it's demise for years since the roof started coming off. If they just fix the roof with some tin and replace any rotted timbers inside this barn will last indefinitely.
Lets hope they do this right by blending in the new homes so they don't distract from the classic view of the barn in front of the ski area and most importantly prepare the barn to last for several more generations to enjoy.
Story in the Steamboat Pilot