This was a two week investigation for a site south of Denver in the community of Lone Tree, Colorado. With rapid development of master-planned communities cropping up, the historic site of the once open meadows of Schweiger Ranch is becoming enclosed by suburban neighborhoods. In an effort to preserve the ranch and its original 1880s structures, the ranch applied to be on the National Registry of Historic Places and received state grants for its restoration and upkeep.
Asking for intervention, the challenge was to investigate its current conditions and produce a feasibility study that could transform the ranch into a sustainable property, while maintaining its existing story for future generations to enjoy its legacy.
This proposal finds the existing apple orchard as the center of Schweiger Ranch’s transformation. Various uses stem from this main concept, with the design of a cider house, restaurant with rentable kitchen, and a canning facility to exhibit and market the apple. Careful consideration was also given to phasing the project, easing the overall costs and giving the Ranch a flexible way to expand as needed. The result is an open and public space that the community of Lone Tree can use as a retreat for a myriad of possibilities.