1118 18TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - Hackman House; Barker House
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - 1922
State ID - 5WL3670

Description - This bungalow is located on the south side of 18th Street in the block between 11th and 12th Avenues. The house is supported by a low concrete foundation, with a full basement, with single-light and two-light hopper basement windows. The building's exterior walls are narrow, painted white, horizontal wood siding. Painted white square-cut wood shingles appear in the upper gable ends on the north and south elevations. The house is covered by a moderately-pitched front gable roof, covered with green asphalt shingles, and with exposed rafter ends beneath the eaves. One red brick chimney, with a corbelled cap, is located on the roof ridge. The house's original windows are primarily single, paired, and tripled 1/1 double-hung sash, with painted white wood frames and surrounds, and with simple wood cornices. Non-historic 1x1 horizontal sliding windows are located on the west elevation, along the east elevation, and on the south elevation. A gabled-roof screened-in porch is recessed under the home's main gable roof on the north elevation (fa├žade) The porch features brick knee walls and pedestals, and painted white, tapered, wood piers which support the porch roof. A white metal storm door opens from the west end of the porch onto a 3-step concrete stoop. A painted white solid wood door, with six leaded-glass upper sash lights, leads from the porch into the interior of the house. A secondary entrance is located on the south (rear) elevation, where a non-historic white paneled metal door, with nine upper sash lights, and with a white metal storm door, opens onto a non-historic 4-step wood deck.

Historical Background - This modest single-family house was constructed in the early 1920s, part of a pattern of intense residential growth which occurred in the Cranford neighborhood, and throughout the City of Greeley. Built in the bungalow form, this was one of dozens of such dwellings built in the Cranford neighborhood during the late 1910s and early 1920s. According to Greeley city directories, the property's earliest resident was Mary Ellen Hackman, who lived here during the last years of her life, between circa 1924 and 1930. According to Weld County Colorado Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. II: City of Greeley Cemeteries, Mary Ellen Hackman was born in August 1969, and passed away on January 8, 1930 at the age of sixty. The 1931 city directory lists Ella F. Hackman as the home's resident. Ella was perhaps Mary's daughter, or was presumably otherwise related. In 1932 or 1933, this property became the residence of Dr. George A. Barker, who subsequently lived and owned here for the next fifteen years. Dr. Barker was a well-known Professor of Geography and Natural History at Colorado State Teachers College. In October 1930, Barker was featured in an article in the Greeley Tribune, which noted he was "conspicuous in the educational life of the city," and was a "frequent speaker at civic and educational events." In the summer of 1934, Barker traveled to Hawaii, the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, and Australia. The following winter, he gave presentations regarding his experiences traveling in the "south seas." The next resident of 1118 18th Street was Ralph E. Waldo Sr., who lived here in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Born June 29, 1886, at Ulysses, Nebraska, Waldo came to Montrose, Colorado as a young man where he met and married Florence DeMotte Glezen. An attorney, Waldo began practicing law in Montrose in 1911, before moving to Purcell, Colorado in 1926, and to Greeley in 1942. Waldo practiced law in Greeley for 36 years, until his retirement in 1978. He passed away in April 1981, at the age of 94. By the early 1960s, 1118 18th Street had, for the most part, become a rental property. City directories, from that time through the end of the 1990s, list a progression of short-term tenants residing here. Some of these included Howard Karre, R.B. Cain, Tobie Tyler, and Carolyn Hartung.