House moving

Home being relocated; new building going up

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— An Old Town Steamboat Springs house is destined to become a home in the country, and a new office building resembling a period Victorian home will be built in its place on Oak Street.

The new office building is working its way through the city planning process and the existing home is tentatively scheduled to be moved to a ranch on County Road 44 in late spring.

The developers of the new building are two Denver men, Jim DeSena and Max Martin, who are principles in Destin, LLC.

The existing home at 320 Oak Street is just 850 square feet. It will be replaced by a two-story building totaling just more than 3,800 square feet. However, most of the building's bulk will be to the rear of the narrow lot.

The new building will present gabled roofs and a covered porch not unlike many homes in Steamboat's older neighborhoods.

"It has a nice porch on it and variation to the roof slopes," city planner Leif Myhre said.

Myhre said the original design for the building included a tower, but the architects showed a willingness to adapt when a city staffer pointed out it was an historic mismatch.

Historic Preservation Specialist "Laureen Schaffer pointed out during a meeting that a tower on the front of the building was in the Queen Anne style and didn't fit the Victorian architecture," Myhre said.

Project architect Tom Vickery of Martin Design in Denver re drew the exterior elevations to take Shaffer's suggestion into account.

"I think it's a great example of an applicant being willing to work with city staff," Myhre said.

Martin Design has more than a client relationship to the building it's initial use will be to provide a Steamboat satellite office for three of the firm's employees.

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