Bartels House - 1120 18TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - Finley House; Kingsbury House
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - ca. 1919
State ID - 5WL3671

Description - Constructed in the early 1920s, this bungalow style house 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 1x1 horizontal sliding basement windows. The building is of wood frame construction, and its exterior walls have been cladded with white horizontal vinyl siding. 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 is located on the roof ridge. The house's windows are primarily single, paired and tripled 4/1 (ribbon-style) double-hung sash, with painted white wood frames and surrounds. Two sets of paired 3-light hopper windows penetrate the wall of an enclosed rear porch at the south end of the west elevation. Two 4-light hopper windows are located at the south end of the east elevation, and there are three sets of paired 4-light hopper windows on the south (rear) elevation. A gabled-roof glassed-in front 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 painted white solid wood door, with four upper sash lights, and with flanking sidelights, opens from the east end of the porch onto a 4-step concrete stoop. A stained natural brown glass-in-wood-frame door, leads from the porch into the interior of the house. A secondary entrance is located on the south (rear) elevation, where a non-historic 1x1 horizontal sliding glass bypass door opens onto a non-historic redwood deck.

Historical Background - This modest single-family house was constructed in the late 1910s or early 1920s - part of a pattern of intense residential growth which occurred in the Cranford neighborhood, and throughout the City of Greeley. The property's earliest resident of record was George W. Finley, who is listed in Greeley city directories as living here in the mid-1920s. According to Weld County Colorado Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. II: City of Greeley Cemeteries, George William Finley was born in December 1876, and passed away in Greeley on May 17, 1948 at the age of 71. In 1927 or 1928, this property became the residence of John "Jack" C. Kingsbury, and his wife Pearl. The Kingsburys lived and owned here through the end of the 1930s. Born at York, Nebraska on April 3, 1877, Jack Kingsbury came to the Greeley area in the 1890s. He subsequently became a well-known Weld County cattleman, and was also instrumental in the establishment of several northeastern Colorado irrigation projects. Before entering the cattle business, he worked for the Greeley Poudre Reservoir Company, during which time he built the North Sterling, Riverside, and Empire Reservoirs. In later years, Mr. Kingsbury was regarded as an authority on the history of early-day irrigation projects. Jack, and his wife Pearl, had two children, a son, J.A. Kingsbury, and a daughter Kathleen (Evans). Jack passed away in August 1959 at the age of 82. The next resident of 1120 18th Street was Mrs. Kathleen Day, who resided here during the war years of the early 1940s. By 1944, the property had become the residence of E.C. and Zelda (Savage) Harrah. The Harrah family lived here for about nine years, between 1944 and 1953. Dr. Ezra Clarence Harrah had been born at Douglas, Kansas on March 9, 1889. He received a B.A. degree from Southwestern College at Winfield, Kansas in 1913, before his marriage to Zelda Savage in August 1914. Harrah later attended the University of Illinois where he earned an M.A. in 1921 and a Ph.D. in 1922. After obtaining his doctorate, Ezra and his wife moved to Laramie, Wyoming where Ezra taught for the next three years. In 1925, they moved to Greeley, where Ezra taught at Colorado State Teachers College (University of Northern Colorado) for 29 years, until his retirement in 1954. Dr. Harrah passed away in Greeley in October 1976, at the age of 87. Owners/occupants of this property in the 1960s and 1970s included Mrs. Rowenah Lowry, Keith Pettway, Deborah Marx, Leland S. Rein, and Dr. John H. Zimmerman. From the late 1980s to the present, 1120 18th Street has, for the most part, been a rental property.