Historic preservationists hope to reinforce iconic Arnold barn before snow starts to pile up
Steamboat Springs — The grassroots campaign to save an iconic barn at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is picking up steam and uncovering more history about the 71-year-old structure.
Historic preservationist Arianthe Stettner told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday a group of citizens has made headway recently by getting in touch with an owner’s representative at the Arnold Barn property and obtaining permission to inspect the structure.
The group, called Save Arnold Barn, hopes to at least stabilize the barn before the snow begins to pile up this winter.
“We’re making progress,” Stettner said.
The group leading the preservation efforts said there are several options for preserving the barn.
Stettner said the group’s goal is to start construction to preserve the Arnold Barn next year.
The grassroots effort has so far gained the support of more than 120 community members.
The barn is one of five within city limits that are more than 50 years old.
The barn, also known as the Butterfly Barn and the Mount Werner Barn, has been sitting neglected at the corner of the Meadows Parking Lot off of Mount Werner Road for several years now.
The City Council recently decided to remind the property owners of the maintenance responsibilities for the structure, which was built in 1945 by a family that moved to the Yampa Valley from Nebraska.
On Tuesday, Stettner also revealed how the barn came to be known as the Butterfly Barn in the 1980s.
A man in Yampa named Dan Kelly used birch plywood to make monarch and yellow-swalltail butterflies that graced the gable of the barn.
Kelly called Stettner recently and presented her with some of the butterflies after he read about efforts to preserve the structure.
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