Phase One — planning the restoration of the historic Hotchkiss Barn — is underway. A plan and a set of documents will enable a construction team to restore the barn to its original condition.
Included in the work is a subcontracted brick masonry/engineering analysis; planning for a public interpretive node containing a turn-out with a sign on the nearby county road; a detailed estimate of the restoration work; a construction schedule to effectively carry out eventual construction work; and a maintenance plan for the restored barn.
A Colorado State Historic Fund planning grant and private funding were instrumental in the Phase One process.
Phase Two has several objectives — to include a public benefit component to the Hotchkiss Barn restoration; to create a workforce for specialized activities needed for the restoration; to teach skills needed to effectively participate in these activities; and to provide an opportunity for participants to experience preservation work. There are plans to offer a brick mortar restoration program as a workshop to involve local contractors, students and volunteers in the methods of preserving and solving issues with the local pioneer brick, of which there are many other examples in the valley.
The Hotchkiss Barn was built in 1881 by Enos T. Hotchkiss, the founder of the town of Hotchkiss. In the summer of 2010, a violent wind storm came through the community and did a lot of damage to the south side of the barn, demolishing the roof and brick walls. Save The Hotchkiss Barn committee partnered with Interpretative Association of Western Colorado to help restore the barn to its original condition.