Yampa Valley Feeds Building Wins Instagram Challenge!

The Yampa Valley Feeds Building, also known as the Hayden Granary, won our Instagram November Challenge by a landslide. The building was nominated for the 2003 Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List but not selected. Despite this, you can find the building listed on the Colorado State and Routt County Register of Historic Places.  The building was purchased in 2009, and has since been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

When Colorado Preservation, Inc. was first approached regarding the Yampa Valley Feeds Building in 2002, the lease rate was to be increased by three times and the current owner was faced with the decision of either accepting the new terms of the lease or face threats of demolition. This threat exemplifies one of the biggest preservation issues of today, changing economics; for at one time Grain Elevators such as the Yampa Valley Feeds Building exemplified the importance of agricultural industry within the economy of the community of Hayden.  Yampa Valley in its heyday of ranching and grain production used the nearby railroad, which was posing the threat, for the shipping of goods.

The threat has since been alleviated and the Yampa Valley Feeds Building is the last standing granary in Routt County. Since 2002, the new owners have transformed the building into an expression of Hayden once again. The now multi-functional property boasts an event center, artist studio/gallery, local food cooperative, office space, coffee house, and community barn dances!

The Yampa Valley Feeds Building demonstrates a wonderful preservation story, written by a community dedicated to preserving the building. To learn more about the Yampa Valley Feeds Building, and the adaptive reuse visit their website.

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