Czarnecka House - 1117 CRANFORD PL

 Print Listing Historical Name - Baum House; Johnston House
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - 1917
State ID - 5WL3686

Description - This bungalow residence is located on the north side of Cranford Place, in the block between 11th and 12th Avenues. Supported by a low concrete foundation, the house is of wood frame construction, with its exterior walls cladded with painted white horizontal wood siding. Square-cut wood shingle siding appears in the upper gable ends, on the north and south elevations. The house is covered by a low-pitched front gable roof, with red asphalt shingles, and with painted white exposed rafter ends beneath widely-overhanging eaves. Decorative purlins and ridge poles, with a distinctive dropped fascia board, appears in the house's upper gable end on the façade. One red brick chimney is located on the roof ridge. A fixed-pane window, with Queen Anne lights, is located in the upper gable end, on the façade. Elsewhere, the house's windows are primarily 1-over-1 double-hung sash, with painted white wood frames and surrounds. A stained natural brown wood-paneled door, with eight upper sash lights, and with a white metal storm door, leads into the home from a Craftsman-style front porch, located on the façade. The porch is recessed under the house's main gabled roof, and features wood frame kneewalls, and brick pedestals. A small, hipped-roof, rear porch is located on the north elevation.

Historical Background - Constructed in the late 1910s, this bungalow residence was among more than two hundred houses which were constructed in the Cranford neighborhood during the 1910s and 1920s. According to Greeley city directories, the property's earliest resident of record was C.W. Martin, who is listed as residing here for a single year, in 1920. Following Mr. Martin's brief tenure, this property was then home to just two families throughout nearly all of its existence. Between 1922 and 1946, this was the residence of Mrs. Isabel (Isabella, Isabelle) Baum and family; then, from 1947 to 1988, it was the residence of J. Roy and Anna (Runyan) Johnston. According to the city directories, the Baum household included up to six members. The city directories do not list an occupation for Mrs. Baum during the years that she lived here. J. Roy Johnston lived here with his wife Anna for more than four decades, from 1947 to 1988. Mr. Johnston had been born on January 21, 1897 at Sterling, Missouri, the son of William J. and Fredericka Johnston. He attended the Nebraska School of Agriculture, at Curtis, Nebraska, and the Iowa State Automobile School at Sioux City, Iowa. He then moved to Greeley, where he was married at Anna Runyan on June 2, 1923. In Greeley, Mr. Johnston worked for the Chrysler Agency and for Wickland Motors Company until his retirement in 1962. Mr. Johnston passed away on January 25, 1988, at the age of 91. According to his obituary, the Johnstons had no children.