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Historic designations mulled

Susan Cunningham

Routt County Board of Commissioners could give historic designation today to four buildings, three of which are in downtown Steamboat Springs.

“We were really pleased that so many (applications) were coming through,” said Pat Holderness, a member of the Routt County Historic Preservation Board. “They’re just really good applications.”

The three downtown Steamboat properties nominated for the designation are the Barrows House, the Halteman-Lewis House, and the Hersom House. The fourth application came from the Fetcher Barn at Hahn’s Peak.

Holderness said that there are not many downtown Steamboat homes that have received a historic designation, so it was unusual to have three nominated at the same time.

The Historic Preservation Board receives applications for the historic designation and recommends properties to the county commissioners, who then formally approve the designation.

The Barrows House, at 24 Maple St., is a wood-frame house built about 1930. It is “fondly remembered by many locals as a family and social gathering place,” according to its application for historic designation. The house was home to James “Moose” Barrows and his family between 1954 and 2004. It is now owned by Cynthia Pougiales.

James “Moose” Barrows earned the title of North American Downhill champion in 1969 and was named to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1996. Barrows’ mother, Maurine, taught elementary school students for years. His father, Ray, owned a service station and served for 10 years on the Steamboat Springs City Council. His sister, Nancy, has worked as a ski instructor in Steamboat Springs since 1972.

The Halteman-Lewis House, 410 Pine St., was built in 1892 as a parsonage for the Euzoa Congregational Church, according to the application for historic designation. That church eventually evolved into the Euzoa Bible Church, which sold the parsonage building in 1989 to the Halteman family.

The Parsonage is a “rare local example of the Queen Anne style of residential architecture,” according to the application. It has a steep, irregular roof and decorative shingles, among other features.

The Hersom House, also known as the Connelly House, dates back to 1913 and is at 348 Sixth St. The stick-frame house is one story with decorative shingles in the front entry gable. Madeline Connelly has owned the home since 1975.

The Fetcher Barn at Hahn’s Peak is owned by Jay and Gael Fetcher. It was built in 1929 on 160 acres of land owned by the Larson family, who came to homestead the area in 1905. The Fetcher brothers purchased the property in 1949.

The barn was built by J.T. Kelton, whose family moved to Clark in 1927. Kelton served as Routt County sheriff from 1970 to 1978.

The Fetcher families have been involved in ranching and community activities since they came to Routt County in 1949, according to the application. John Fetcher has been involved with water projects and conservation, as well as with the ski industry. John’s son, Jay Fetcher, ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Colorado State Senate in 2004.

The Fetcher Barn at Hahn’s Peak serves the ranching operation that has continued today. The barn loft was used for dances in the 1950s and 1960s.

Routt County commissioners will consider the applications at 10:45 a.m. today in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Courthouse Annex.


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