Jerfferson County Open Space is in the process of purchasing Conifer’s historic gateway icon, the Midway House at Meyer Ranch.

Matt Robbins, community connections manager for Jeffco Open Space, confirmed that the agency is discussing terms of the purchase of the house and surrounding land with the property owners, members of the Meyer family. However, he said he could not discuss details, such as price or what the agency plans to do with the property.

“We think that it’s proceeding nicely and we’re working on our final terms with the property owners at this time,” Robbins said.

The yellow Victorian-style farmhouse sits on a conservation easement adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park, the majority of which is across Colorado 285. The house, registered as being built in 1889, and a nearby cabin, are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house and the 10 acres on which it and a historic cabin sit, were put up for sale in 2015 after Norm Meyer Sr. died in November 2014.

Norm and Ethel Meyer bought the house and 350 acres surrounding it in 1950. Norm Meyer was one of the first commercial pilots to fly for Continental Airlines, then based in Denver.

The Midway House, called that because it is midway between Denver and many mountain destinations, was long known for Norm Meyer Sr.’s runway, where he would take off and land his personal airplanes.

Sharon Rouse, Norm and Ethel Meyer’s daughter, said she has long believed the house and its property should be in the public domain and it is just a matter of working out the details with Jeffco Open Space.

“It’s just an iconic property and I’ve always said that we never really owned it, Conifer owned it,” she said.

Rouse said she hopes the public will be allowed to tour the home occasionally, but she believes the most important part of the sale is keeping much of her parents’ original ranch together.

“It was a great place to grow up and I know that my parents would be very grateful that it’s all going to stay in one place,” she said.

In preparation for the sale, Conifer Historical Society and Museum will host an estate sale of some items in the home, including artifacts of local history, artwork and furniture. Early bird access begins Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., and the sale opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will go to the historical society.

Tickets to the early bird sale cost $10 at coniferhistoricalsociety.org/earlybird.

There also is aviation equipment on the property; Rouse said anyone interested in those items can email her at sharonrouse1@comcast.net.