Arnold Barn in Steamboat Springs inches closer to new home |

Arnold Barn in Steamboat Springs inches closer to new home

Consultants studying ways to improve the arrival experience for guests at the resort base at Mount Werner suggest cultural assets, such as the old Arnold Family Barn (commonly referred to as the Butterfly Barn), can enhance a sense of connection to the community.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs is preparing for a barn raising that is sure to draw several spectators if it happens this summer as planned.

On Thursday, the city’s planning commission unanimously endorsed the plans to move the historic Arnold Barn from its current location next to the Meadows Parking Lot to a new location up the hill at the intersection of Mount Werner Road and Mount Werner Circle.

The 90-year-old barn will be preserved and modestly lit up at night so it can serve as a new way-finding landmark at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

“It looks like it’s happening,” Save Arnold Barn spokeswoman Arianthé Stettner said Friday. “I’m so thrilled.”

The planning commission did share a couple of concerns at Thursday’s meeting.

Some commissioners worried about delaying the installation of a new crosswalk near the barn until after it’s moved up the hill.

“As soon as you’re putting the barn there, you’re creating the need for a crosswalk,” commission chairman Rich Levy said.

There are also plans to add parking spaces, interpretive signage and new trail connections near the barn.

Stettner said Friday the contractor that has done the preservation work on the barn has been calling potential moving companies to take the barn up the hill to its new home.

The historic preservationists who helped save the barn have even consulted with a lighting expert with experience lighting important buildings in Chicago.

Stettner said the lighting plan will ensure there is no light pollution in the night sky, and the barn will not be lit up in a way that will impact neighboring properties.

On April 3, the Steamboat Springs City Council will weigh in on the barn relocation plans.

The Arnold Barn used to sit neglected in the corner of the Meadows Parking Lot until community members started a campaign to save the structure.

A lawsuit the city filed against the property owners eventually was resolved, and Steamboat Ski Area offered to serve as the barn’s new caretaker.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

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