Historic Ninth Street home in Old Town Steamboat considered for ‘fresh’ dining concept
Steamboat Springs — A team of entrepreneurs has approached the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department seeking approval to create a new farm-to-table restaurant in the historic Carver House on the northwest corner at the intersection of Oak and Ninth streets in downtown Steamboat.
The Cloverdale at the Carver House would rely primarily on food grown locally under the supervision of chef Patrick Ayres at Cloverdale Farm, located on the 1902 former Bartholomew Ranch at the intersection of Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 22 in the south valley.
The project goes to the city’s planning commission April 14 for consideration of a conceptual development plan for a conditional use for a restaurant on the north side of Oak Street.
The ranch, recognizable for it’s classic, white Western barn, is owned by Ayres’ sister-in-law, Krysta MacGray, who lives there with her husband and four children, according to a letter introducing Cloverdale to the city planning staff.
Ayres, a 2005 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School and a 2008 graduate of Louisiana Culinary Institute, has returned to Steamboat to start a restaurant.
He previously worked as a sous chef at the prestigious Canlis restaurant in Seattle and later, at High Lonesome Ranch in De Beque, a private conservation organization. There, he was the head chef serving private parties and had the opportunity to grow and raise all the produce and protein he required on the ranch.
Ayres began farming at Cloverdale in the summer of 2015, according to the letter of introduction, by planting orchards, developing the soil of the two-acre garden, installing irrigation and building a large greenhouse.
The Carver House, at 207 Ninth St., with its low fence of native river rock and craftsman- style architectural details, is a story itself.
“It’s important to the vision of the whole concept that the location and feel of the restaurant is thematically contiguous with the farm, i.e. pure, authentic and true; our cultural heritage here is Steamboat,” the letter to the city continued. “The Carver House is a perfect match to bring this to fruition. It was built in 1918 and has stood as an icon in downtown Steamboat for almost 100 years.”
Architect Jan Kaminski, in his role as historic preservation consultant to the city, described the home: “This resource is a rare example of a half-timbered craftsman style home in Steamboat Springs. Other craftsman homes exist, but do not contain as many half-timbered details nor cohesive detailing.”
Readers can learn more about the building at the city of Steamboat’s historic inventory.
The ownership group intends to restore the exterior of the home to its original character, with gardens of flowers and herbs and new brick walkways added to the backyard. A 10-foot addition to the kitchen, that would not be visible from the corner of Ninth and Oak or from anywhere along Oak Street, would be added to the rear of the home, according to the applicants.
The Cloverdale project manager is listed as Jeremy MacGray on city planning documents.
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