City of Steamboat seeks new owner for historic house on Yampa Street |

City of Steamboat seeks new owner for historic house on Yampa Street

— The city of Steamboat Springs is hoping someone will save a small historic home on Yampa Street from the wrecking ball.

The century-old Workman home at 603 Yampa St. must be relocated or demolished before the city can follow through with its plan to convert the riverside property into a public park this summer.

City officials said they would prefer to have someone take possession of the 1,512-square-foot home.

The city would donate the home at no cost to the new owner, who would be responsible for moving it.

“If somebody could make use of it, we’d love to see that opportunity,” Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

The city is accepting letters of interest for the house until 5 p.m. March 16.

Anyone interested in the home can call General Services Director Anne Small at 970-871-8249 or email her at

Gibbs said there have been many historic structures in Routt County that have been relocated and reused, including some structures from the old mining community of Mount Harris.

The Workman house on Yampa is a window into the downtown roadway’s quieter past.

When the house was built in 1914, horseback riders clip-clopped by on a mostly empty dirt road. The home itself was surrounded by a chicken house, corral, outhouse and small barn.

Lloyd and Florence Workman purchased the property in 1945.

The Workman family continued to own the home until the city purchased it for $610,000 this year using lodging tax money dedicated to Yampa Street improvements.

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

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