Steamboat Springs Work to stabilize Steamboat's historic More Barn - and restore it to the approximate state of the 1972 poster that made it famous - is complete.
"It turned out well," said Sarah Fox of Fox Construction, the contractor awarded the $116,000 project. "A lot of people have made good comments on it. We're really excited about it."
The barn, which was featured in an advertisement poster that showed two horseback riders with skis strapped to their saddles, is to be the centerpiece of a 4-acre park donated to the city by the developers of the Barn Village at Steamboat. The barn sits on Pine Grove Road near Fish Creek. Barn Village developers Jim Kelley and Bob Comes donated $150,000 for the stabilization project. The city then asked for bids for the project, resulting in the winning bid of $116,000 for Fox Construction.
"It's complete to my knowledge, and they did a great job," Comes said. "It's certainly the No. 1 icon in the region. We wanted to make it an integral part of what we're doing there."
Comes said the barn required an emergency stabilization when he and Kelley first purchased the property it sits on.
"It needed some love," Comes said. "It really hasn't had any : maintenance done to it in decades. Now it has no risk of failure, plus we preserved it aesthetically. It's really neat."
To meet the desires of the Steamboat Springs City Council and city planners, Comes said the 4-acre park will have a "natural-type setting" and compliment a trail system throughout a development that has 26 percent open space.
"We're very proud of that," Comes said.
In two lotteries this Labor Day weekend, 54 of the Barn Village's lots, representing $36.2 million in real estate, sold out in less than 24 hours. Chris Wittemyer said the More Barn's presence added to the development's appeal.
"I think it's a fundamental part of it," Wittemyer said. "Preserving the barn and creating a park was the linchpin of that development. Everyone in Steamboat highly values the barn."
Home construction at the Barn Village is expected to begin next summer, Comes said.