National and State Register

District No. 17 – Medlen School

Jefferson County

The 1886 District No. 17 - Medlen School began in as a Pioneer Log building. Around 1900 the school district moved it across the road, added clapboard siding over the logs and a small anteroom. Additionally, the district constructed a small teacherage beside the school.

Steamboat Springs Schoolhouse

Medlen school and teacherage. Photo taken in 1994.

The complex served as the educational and social focal point for the Medlen community until school consolidation forced its closure in 1954. Today it continues to host special events including a children’s summer school program. The property meets the registration requirements of the Schoolhouse Property Type as defined in the Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) Rural School Buildings in Colorado.