The South Boulder neighborhood of Martin Acres has its own story and history, which starts with the Martin Homestead Farmhouse. It’s located at 35th and Moorhead and became a City of Boulder Landmark in 1977.
The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation noted on its Historic Building Inventory Record that the Martin Farmhouse has significance because of its type and period of construction, affiliation with significant persons and its association with meaningful events.
It all started in 1875 and is a Vernacular wood frame (New England) style home. Regarded for its High Plains Farming, the home was originally surrounded by nearly 400 acres of timothy hay fields. Martin purchased the land and constructed the property with funding made from Caribou Mine and Poorman Mine, silver mines that he had helped to discover.
“Billy” Martin was born in England and moved to the United States with his father when he was a young boy after the death of his Mother. In the early 1860’s they moved to Colorado.
The Farmhouse was occupied by the Martin Family until the early 1900’s. Shortly after WW II William Martin’s heirs saw an opportunity and sublet the family farm and this area became what we now call “Martin Acres.”