Historic Aspen structures to be relocated
Motorists driving along Main Street in the wee morning hours Friday won’t be hallucinating when they see two historic structures being hauled along the avenue.
The city of Aspen plans to transport two of the three buildings located at 540 E. Main St. to the property that houses the Aspen Historical Society’s Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. The wide loads will be moved sometime between midnight and 4 a.m., the city announced Wednesday.
The structures — a historic house, shed and barn — are being moved to allow the city to prepare to build its new Police Department. The historic structures will remain accessible to the public at the Holden Marolt property. The third structure will likely be moved next week, the city said.
The house and shed date back to 1885 and the barn dates to 1938. Once relocated, they will be protected and stored at the museum and will be placed on permanent foundations in the spring. The city and Historical Society are working on restoration plans for the interior and exterior of all three buildings.
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