The Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) building in Steamboat
Springs was celebrated
when it was built in
1956. Designed by notable Denver architect Eugene Sternberg and constructed
by contractor W.L. Pierce,
the YVEA building embodies the International
Style, utilizing a wide variety of materials, including cast concrete,
brick, sandstone, terrazzo and large panels of glass. The butterfly roof
became a signature
style of Sternberg and dominates the roofline.
YVEA outgrew the space and moved down valley so Blue Sage Ventures purchased the property in 2015 and began a rehabilitation effort that sought to provide
an energetic base for a revitalized downtown, while preserving the features
of the building that convey its historic, cultural and architectural values.
Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI), the state’s leading nonprofit historic
preservation advocacy organization, selected Blue Sage Ventures’ revival of the YVEA building to receive their 2019 State Honor Award. According to CPI, the Steamboat
project exemplifies the ideals of historic preservation and preservation
leadership. “Our organization is thrilled to be showcasing the YVEA building rehabilitation project with this important award,“ said Jennifer Charles, executive director of Colorado Preservation.
individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to preservation of Colorado’s remarkable cultural resources. In
addition, CPI recognizes
excellent examples of adaptive
reuse and preservation projects occurring throughout the state.
As part of the rehabilitation of the YVEA building, Blue Sage installed modern glass
garage doors and converted the truck bays into retail bays. Additionally, they refurbished the office lobby with
like-kind materials and repaired the millwork and terrazzo. Perhaps the biggest impact for the community was the conversion of a truck
court to a pedestrian plaza in front of
the retail bays. The project is now home to Mountain Tap
Brewery, Yampy’s Coffee,
Crepes & Cocktails, Hala Gearspace and the Steamboat Pilot and Today.