Montoya House - 1831 12TH AV

 Print Listing Historical Name - Ericson House
Style - Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements/Craftsman
Built Year - 1927
State ID - 5WL3516

Description - This Craftsman style house is located at the northwest corner of 12th Avenue and Cranford Place, in Greeley's Cranford neighborhood. The building is 1.5 stories and is supported by a concrete foundation. The foundation walls extend 3/5 feet above grade and are covered with pebble-dash stucco. There is a full basement, with single and paired 5-over-1(ribbon style) double-hung sash, basement windows. Above the foundation, the house's exterior walls are also covered with pebble-dash stucco. The dwelling is covered by a low-pitched side gable roof, with wood shingles and exposed, painted white rafter ends. Decorative purlins and ridge poles appear in the upper gable ends, and a red brick chimney is located on the roof ridge. Large shed-roofed dormers are located on the east and west elevations. Each of these dormers features three 4-over-1 (ribbon style) double hung sash windows, and exposed rafter ends beneath the eaves. The home's windows are primarily single and paired 4-over-1 and 5-over-1 (ribbon style) double-hung sash, with painted white wood frames and painted brown wood surrounds. The home's front entry is centered on the symmetrically-arranged fa├žade, on the east elevation. Here, a stained natural brown wood-paneled front door, with three upper sash lights and a projecting locking rail, opens onto a tongue-and-groove wood porch. The porch is approached by five concrete steps flanked by a black wrought iron railing, and features stuccoed wood knee walls and piers which create an arched entryway, and support a gabled porch roof. A secondary entrance is located on the south elevation, facing toward Cranford Place. This side entrance also features a stained natural brown wood-paneled door with three upper sash lights and a projecting locking rail, and this door is covered by a painted white wood storm door. Like the front entrance, this door opens onto a tongue-and-groove wood porch, approached by five concrete steps flanked by a black wrought iron railing, and features stuccoed wood knee walls and piers which create an arched entryway, and support a shed porch roof. A shed-roofed secondary entrance is located on the south elevation. This side entrance is set under a shed roof, and within the entrance, seven concrete steps descend to a painted white wood-paneled door which leads into the home's basement level. Another flight of concrete steps descend to another basement-level entry door on the west (rear) elevation.

Historical Background - The home at 1831 12th Avenue was built in 1927. The property first appears in Greeley city directories the following year, with Harry E. Ericson listed as the homeowner. Mr. Ericson and his wife Mary lived here together for many years, until Harry's death in April 1964. Mrs. Ericson then continued to live here until the early 1970s when she moved to the Bonell Retirement Community, where she passed away in December 1975. Mary had been born at Litchfield, Nebraska on November 20, 1893. She and Harry were married at Bridgeport, Nebraska on September 25, 1913, and for the next several years they lived at Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In 1927, the Ericson family, which by then included daughters Marguerite and Pauline, moved to Greeley, into this newly-built Craftsman-style house. Greeley city directories indicate that in the early 1950s, the Ericsons began to lease a portion of the house to tenants. In 1952, the address 1831 1/2 12th Avenue also begins to appear in the directories, with a progression of tenants listed as residing here over the years. Many of these individuals were probably students at nearby University of Northern Colorado. Following the departure of Mr. And Mrs. Ericson in the 1960s and 1970s, the residence was given over entirely to rental housing, apparently with four separate rental units.