100-year-old downtown Steamboat cottage offered for free
August 2, 2015
Steamboat Springs — Just days after the 101-year-old Workman house was relocated via a truck to South Routt, another historic Steamboat home is being offered for free to anyone willing to pay the costs to move it.
The small, 100-year-old cottage on Ninth Street, between Oak and Pine streets, recently was purchased by new Steamboat Springs residents Thomas and Susan Jones, who plan to remove the house and build a new home on the 0.22-acre downtown lot.
Rather than demolish the historic structure, the couple is working with builders Gerber Berend Design Build and Steamboat Springs' Historic Preservation Program to find the home a new owner.
The 576-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath house was built in 1915, according to the Routt County Assessor website.
"It's really a pretty great house and it's got a lot of character," said Hans Berend, co-owner of Gerber Berand, who will build the new Jones' home. "I think it's a great idea. For them to try to get any value out of it is such a hassle, it just doesn't seem worth it. They wanted to do something nice, and I think this is just a good way to start their life in Steamboat."
Berend said the couple was excited with the possibility of giving away the home.
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"They're excited to give it away for free and have someone benefit from it," Berend said.
Berend's business partner Jeff Gerber said he is looking forward to meeting with historical preservation staff to see if they could identify anyone who might be interested in taking the house.
When city officials announced the availability of the Workman house earlier this year, five people showed initial interest in moving the house to a new location, but three of those bids were later withdrawn.
New Workman house owner Kelley Conner said in May that the estimated cost of moving that 1,512-foot house 15 miles was $50,000, plus the additional cost of building a foundation at the new site.
The Ninth Street cottage is only about one-third of the size of the Workman home.
Gerber said the structure could be used as an agricultural building, or, if someone was interested in updating the structure, it could used as a small residence.
The one-story home is listed on the assessor website as having a wood burning stove, a metal gable roof and electric baseboard heating.
Those interested in acquiring the Ninth Street house can email firstname.lastname@example.org.