EAST STREET BARN

EAST STREET BARN

Golden GIS
Description
Long standing as the mysterious rustic sentinel over eastern Golden, the East Street Barn was originally built in 1906 by Golden businessman and German immigrant Alfons T. Thuet as likely a carriage house for his home built at the same time at corner of 16th and East Streets. Originally the main portion of the structure, he soon built a shed addition to house a second vehicle. In 1912 Thuet sold the barn and its home property to Leonard Vogel, the brewmaster of the Coors Brewery. While living at this place Vogel helped spearhead the conversion of Coors from brewing beer to making malted milk during the advent of Prohibition, enabling Coors to survive and even thrive when the brewery had faced almost certain death. He sold this home place in 1920, and it became home to Prof. Robert Baxter of the Colorado School of Mines for many years. Before 1938 he converted this barn to house a new form of personal transportation, automobiles, making this a unique building crossing between old and new forms of transportation. Over many years this unique structure weathered to a rustic brown, and became subject to Golden's first preservation easement protection upon its 100th birthday. http://www.goldenlandmarks.com/preservation/designated.htm#GHS
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