n/a - 1734 7th Avenue

 Print Listing Historical Name - n/a
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - 1910
State ID - 5WL.5883

Description - 1734 7th Avenue is a bungalow home that faces west and has a sandstone foundation, painted horizontal wood siding, and a hipped roof with asphalt composition shingles and exposed rafters and purlins. The façade of the home features a front gabled, partial width porch covered with plain wooden shingles. Under the gable end, there is an eight-light window and plain wooden shingles. Three squared columns support the front porch, which is enclosed by a half wall. Four concrete steps lead to the paneled front door; a large one-over-one aluminum window is on the north side of the door. Also on the façade, a multi-over-one light window with multi-light sidelights, covered with aluminum storm windows, is on the south side of the front door, off of the porch. The north side of the home has four windows covered with aluminum storm windows and three basement windows. Two one-over-one windows, two basement windows, and a bay window are visible on the south side of the home; a brick chimney protrudes from the roof on that elevation as well. The east elevation includes a paneled back door with a storm door on the south side, a bay with two one-over-one windows, a window on the north end, and a one-by-one and three light window at the basement level.

Historical Background - Over the years, many people have lived at 1734 7th Avenue. The home’s first occupants are noted in the 1913 City Directory: A.B. and Emma McIntire and M.N. and May Wycoff. However, from 1915 to 1922, W.N. and Mae Wycoff resided at the address. From 1926-1941, Everett Colpitts, an assistant superintendent of Great Western Sugar Company, and his wife, Leola, lived in the home. Mr. Colpitts was born in Fort Collins on February 5, 1892; he also attended school in Fort Collins and Greeley. He married Leola Campbell in Milton, Iowa, on June 29, 1920. Mr. Colpitts began his career with Great Western in 1912 at the Fort Collins Mill; in 1924, he was transferred to Greeley to work as the assistant superintendent there. While living in the home, Mr. Colpitts was elected mayor of Greeley in 1937. He was re-elected as mayor in 1939, serving two terms. While in office, he also served as the president of the Colorado Municipal League in 1940. Mr. Colpitts returned to Fort Collins to live in 1942; he had been promoted to assistant superintendent of the Fort Collins factory of the Great Western Sugar Company. Sadly, he committed suicide in La Porte on September 10, 1951, at age 59. Three couples occupied the home from 1942-1948. In 1950 a retired couple, Conrad and Mary Schilling moved into the home. Mr. Schilling is listed as the primary resident until 1966; Mrs. Schilling continued to live at the address until 1970, renting rooms to students during that time. Since the 1970s, the home has been a rental house. It is currently owned by Dustin D. Kruse and Brenda L. Frank of Eaton and still used for that purpose.