City of Steamboat Springs officials welcomed the news this week of a $9,558 grant from History Colorado, the state Historical Fund that could lead to something bigger for the city’s historic Butterfly Building.
Built in 1960 to house the Chamber of Commerce, the little Butterfly Building is recognizable for its inverted gable roof that overhangs the building. It is situated on Lincoln Avenue tucked between Eleventh Street and Soda Creek in front of Little Toots Park. The current longtime tenant is the Yampa Valley Land Trust.
The city has applied to the Historical Fund for a larger grant of $87,580 to replace windows, improve the roof and and generally stabilize the building.
City Government Programs Manager Winnie DelliQuadri said the initial grant will fund the creation of construction documents that will allow the city to protect the building while supporting a reliable construction bid.
Modest in stature, the building is significant in part because it was designed by famous Denver architect Eugene D. Sternberg who devoted some of his career to building modestly priced, modern homes that were harmonious with their surroundings.
The Butterfly Building originally was built for $2,500.