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Shoenberg Farm: Giving a Future to Our Past

History and Arts District Vision
Shoenberg Farm dairy barn and silosHistoric Shoenberg Farm is located southwest of West 73rd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Westminster, Colorado, and represents one of the earliest philanthropic projects of early Colorado entrepreneur Louis Shoenberg Beaumont. Mr. Shoenberg built the Farm in 1911, donating it to National Jewish Hospital to provide dairy products and eggs for tuberculosis patients. It is believed to be the last remaining farm in Colorado associated with the early 20th century sanatorium movement. The Farm is significant to the history of Jewish pioneers in Colorado, the sanatorium movement, and the development of the Colorado egg and dairy industry through the efforts of the Tepper family, who operated the Farm for three generations.  Learn more about the fascinating history of Shoenberg Farm.

Preservation of Shoenberg Farm has been a partnership of many private and public participants, including the State Historical Fund, the Artis renderingCity of Westminster, adjacent commercial developers, private donors and many local volunteers.  For more information, go to Preservation Initiatives. This summary of adaptive reuse opportunities provides an overview for buyers, tenants and developers to understand the “place-making” potential of this extraordinary place. In order to move into its future with a new purpose, the former egg and dairy facility needs to find its place in the 21st century. The vision includes light industrial creative uses, such as art, culinary, and music-related businesses, ample public access to outdoor areas as well as a neighborhood-scale performance venue, and potential for live-work development.


neighborhood context of shoenberg farm

The Vision

The vision for the Shoenberg Farm History & Arts District combines historic preservation with the opportunity for a community focal point. This master plan:
• Preserves the context for historical interpretation and education, including the history of Jewish pioneers in Colorado and the farming and commercial heritage of the Front Range

• Establishes a focal point for creative professionals and their work product, including sculpture, music and other cultural pursuits

• Creates a community performance venue for music, theatre and film, accessible to all abilities and ages

• Provides an ideal location for a year-round Farmers’ Market

• Strengthens connections, including the potential for establishing West 72nd Avenue as a local arts district axis and connecting Shoenberg Farm to the Harris Park/73rd Avenue arts neighborhood

• Provides an outdoor, art-filled, pedestrian-scaled district for residents, visitors and the local art community to enjoy throughout the year.
For more information about the site and buildings, follow these links:
Map of Shoenberg Farm Buildings and Proposed Art & History District 
1911 Farmhouse and Studio
1911 Milk & Ice House and Pumphouse
Quonset Performance Venue and Farmers Market
Processing Plant and Truck Shop
Live-Work Studios

Education and Interpretation

Shoenberg Farm is steeped in history:

• The story of the entrepreneurial, civic and philanthropic contributions of early Jewish settlers in Colorado, including the founders of Dolly MadisonNational Jewish Hospital, philanthropist businessman Louis Shoenberg Beaumont, who co-founded the May Department Stores with David May, and the Tepper Family, who left oppression in eastern Europe and found opportunity in Colorado

• The development of modern methods of dairy and egg production and wholesale commercial distribution

• The history of the Dolly Madison ice cream stores that were headquartered at Shoenberg Farm

example of interpretive signage


Shoenberg Farm History & Arts District will include a variety of interpretive and educational displays, including kiosks with historic photos and learning opportunities, a museum space to display the collection of dairy farm artifacts, and interpretive preservation of electrical generation equipment that remains throughout the historic farm buildings.

Partners Needed!

While the City of Westminster is managing the effort to preserve and re-purpose Historic Shoenberg Farm, the City is not intended to be a long-term owner or end user at the Farm. Buyers, tenants, developers, investors and donors are invited to learn more and get involved in creating the vision of the Shoenberg Farm History & Arts District. See Preservation Initiatives .  For further information, visit Shoenberg Farm, or contact Community Development Director, John Carpenter, jcarpenter@cityofwestminster.us, phone: 303-658-2121.


Re-use example of barn as restaurant


re-use example of barn as theatre










re-use of barn as gallery


sound studio for barn or milkhouse











example of re-use as an arts foundry


re-use example as a glass blowing studio











south side of quonset ideal for farmers market




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