Alderfer Barn, CO 2019

This photogenic barn’s siding needs some work so it can continue to serve as an icon of its community! Fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails are just steps from the jobsite.

Photo credit: JeffCo 

PROJECT PARTNEREvergreen Parks and Recreation District

SESSION DATES:  April 9-14 and April 16-21.

PROJECT DIFFICULTY:     

SITE INFORMATION:           Tent camping only  showers available

*Showers are available for a fee at Evergreen’s Wulf Recreation Center.

LOCATION:  Volunteers camped just near Alderfer Barn or nearby, just west of scenic Evergreen, CO. 

GOOD TO KNOW: No prior experience is required. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment for volunteers on this project. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the lodging site. If a project requires a commute, we will plan to carpool to and from the jobsite. More general information is at the bottom of this page. 

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Project Site Description & History

The Alderfer Barn is a distinctive landmark in the mountain community of Evergreen. From a 2016 Denver Post article about the community’s efforts to save the barn:

“’It’s an icon of the community,’ Evergreen Park and Recreation Board President and lifetime resident John Ellis said. ‘It really does have a place that makes it special.'”

A 2016 evaluation of the barn’s condition included this history:

“The Alderfer Barn started as a small log barn built in the 1850s as part of the Hester Homestead located near present day Evergreen, Colorado. A timber frame addition was added in 1900 and again expanded in the 1970s. The barn was obtained from the Alderfer family by Jefferson County Open Spaces in 1985 and is currently operated by Evergreen Park and Recreation District. The barn consists of multiple levels and is accessed by several different stair systems and doors located around the perimeter.  

“The barn is located in the Alderfer/Three Sisters Park which provides hiking, mountain biking, and horseback trails, climbing, and picnicking opportunities. Previously, the Alderfer Ranch raised cattle, horses, and foxes. Hay was cut from the adjacent meadow and an operational sawmill was located nearby. Some of the boards for the barn came from that sawmill. Over the years, the barn has served many purposes. In the past few years, the barn has been the location for several events including weddings and a music venue for Boogie at the Barn.” 

Read the full evaluation here.

The barn is more than 100 years old, and its age is showing – safety concerns due to deteriorating building conditions have limited public access to Alderfer Barn. Volunteers join this HistoriCorps project to contribute to the preservation of this iconic (not to mention beautiful) barn!

Scope of Work

This project’s crew worked together to complete the following scope of work, and by doing so ensure the Alderfer Barn can continue to contribute to its community as a social and cultural resource. Our project partner would eventually like to re-open the barn for public use. Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn these skills:

  • Repair and replace deteriorated rough-sawn siding:  60%
  • Rebuild dilapidated barn doors:  25%
  • Repair and replace other deteriorated building elements including facia and window sills:  15%