Former Werner family home back on market in Steamboat Springs
September 13, 2013
Steamboat Springs — The Old Town home of Steamboat's "first family" of Alpine ski racing is back on the market for $1.6 million with a contemporary remodel that carefully balances the home's original craftsman-style interior woodwork with modern conveniences.
Home for many years to the beloved Hazie Werner, who welcomed a new generation of Steamboat locals into her parlor, and more recently to the late Skeeter Werner Walker and her husband, the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker, the 3,577-square-foot house sits on 1.47 wooded acres bounded on three sides by Soda Creek at 844 Aspen St.
Skeeter Werner Walker grew up in the home on Aspen Street along with her brothers, Loris and Buddy, and all three became Olympians.
The home is listed for sale by Charlie Dresen, of Prudential Steamboat Realty. His colleague, Barb Shipley, is a close family friend of the Werners and narrated a video shot and produced by Dresen, that puts the home in its historic perspective.
"This home was the heartbeat of the valley for maybe 50 years, Shipley said. "Hazie Werner raised Loris, Skeeter and Wallace, Wallace is Buddy, here. This is their childhood home. They were raised here, they walked to Howelsen Hill. They were so much a part of the skiing history of the valley in the 1940s and 1950s when skiing was starting to really get going right after the war."
Dresen said he thinks the remodel — which retained the original woodworking and flooring as well as the stone fireplace built by Carl Howelsen (who founded Steamboat's 100-year-old Winter Carnival) — succeeded in preserving the character of the home.
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"Every time I go there, it looks like a Pottery Barn catalog," Dresen said. "It just shows so well. During an open house, we had several young, middle-age families who are perfect for it come through."
For the past quarter-century, the Werner home was a place where skiing and football celebrities gathered in the secluded back yard and swapped tales with Steamboat locals after golf tournaments and horseback rides in the surrounding mountains. Hazie invariably charmed her guests with her unpretentious and warm approach to being a hostess.
Built in 1920, the home was remodeled in 2005 by the current owner. In addition to opening up the interior and modernizing Hazie's kitchen, the remodel stabilized the foundation and installed a French drain to eliminate the possibility that groundwater from the nearby creek could seep into the basement, Dresen said.
"She spent a lot of money making sure the home will stand for another 100 years," he said.
One of the biggest transformations was the remodel of a multistall garage that more closely resembled an agricultural machine shed than a suburban garage. Today, the large, bright room serves as a spacious family or bunk room with a concrete slab floor with in-floor heating and interior siding of vintage wood formerly on the outside of the building.
Details of the home and the video featuring Shipley can be found at Dresen's website.