17 Mile House Farm Park

17 Mile House Farm Park

About 130 years ago, the overland routes leaving Denver were marked by trail stops called by their distance from Broadway and Colfax. The 17 Mile House is the last remaining “mile house” in its original location – now owned by Arapahoe County Open Space. Over the years, the dwelling has been a hardworking ranch house with booms and busts that parallel the greater American context. Through wars, cattle growth, depressions and modernity, the farm house and it’s ever shifting surrounding ranch 17 Mile House expresses Colorado history in poignant ways.

A master plan was needed to set the overall site and the dwelling in context and rather than looking back it’s first days, the plan developed to place the context for this farm in the 1950s – one foot in the past and headed like a rocket ship to the future.

Work included master planning, interpretive content for interior and exterior spaces, architectural evaluation and creation of story lines, wayfinding strategies and implementation phasing plans.

 

Completed at ECOS Communications