McDermott House - 1817 12TH AV

 Print Listing Historical Name - Fields House; Thompson House
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - 1926
State ID - 5WL3518

Description - This bungalow residence is a rectangular, one and a half story, wood frame structure with an asphalt shingle, cross gabled roof. Roof features include clipped gables, exposed rafter ends and decorative purlins and ridgepoles. It has a concrete foundation with wire-cut red brick exterior. The one-story, partial-width front porch has brick knee walls and pedestals. Windows include a 48-light glass block window on the north elevation, a single-light fixed-pane "picture window" on the front and two ribbons of 5 hopper windows on the south elevation. The windows have wood frames and exterior aluminum storm windows. Several brick chimneys are located on the south elevation and on the west end of the roof ridge.

Historical Background - This bungalow with Craftsman style features was built in 1926 and was originally the home of J. Walter Fields and family. The Fields family lived here for more than two decades, until 1953. For a few years in the mid-1950s, 1817 12th Avenue was home of W.W. Culpepper and family. In 1957, they relinquished the property to Dale H. Thompson, who owned and lived here until the late 1980s. Mr. Thompson had a long and distinguished career as a coach and educator at Greeley Central High School. He began his coaching career at the high school in the 1950s, as an assistant coach in baseball, football, and basketball serving under Jim Baggot. He later became the school's head basketball coach for eight years, and then served as the Wildcats' golf coach for fourteen years, before his retirement in 1981. In May 1986, Mr. Thompson was inducted into the District 6 Coaches Hall of Fame.