Allison House - 1120 CRANFORD PL

 Print Listing Historical Name - Allison House
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - ca. 1920
State ID - 5WL3701

Description - This Bungalow residence is located on the south side of Cranford Place, in the block between 11th and 12th Avenues. The house is supported by a low sandstone foundation, and has painted white, narrow, horizontal wood siding, over wood frame construction. The house is covered by a moderately-pitched front gable roof, with green asphalt shingles, and with painted white exposed rafter ends beneath widely-overhanging eaves. Decorative purlins and ridge poles appear in the house's upper gable ends, as well as in the upper gable end of the front porch roof. The upper gable ends are stuccoed with false half-timbering. One red brick chimney is located on the east-facing roof slope. The house's windows are entirely single and paired 4-over-1 (ribbon style) double-hung sash, with painted white wood frames and surrounds. A painted white wood-paneled door, with six upper sash lights, and with an aluminum storm door, leads from a Craftsman-style, screened-in, front porch into the home's interior , on the façade (north elevation). The porch, which covers the western 2/3s of the façade, features a tongue-and-groove wood floor, wood frame knee walls, and squared post piers, which support the gabled porch roof. The porch is approached by five wood steps, flanked by a black wrought iron railing, and a white metal storm door leads into the porch from the stairs. A rear entrance is located on the south elevation, where there is a small, enclosed hipped-roof. A painted white wood-paneled door leads from the porch into the home's interior, and a painted white wood screen door opens from the porch onto two wood steps.

Historical Background - Constructed circa 1920, this bungalow was one of over 200 houses which were constructed in the Cranford neighborhood during the 1910s and 1920s. The property's earliest residents of record were the E.L. Kellog family, who are listed in Greeley city directories as living here in the mid-1920s. According to the directories, in 1928, this house was occupied by Mrs. M.A. Brown, but by 1930, the residence was unoccupied. The following year, the property was purchased by Jack M. and Bertha (Baab) Allison, and the home then remained with the Allison family for the next seven decades - through the end of the twentieth century. Jack Melville Allison was born at Rockville, Missouri on new Years Day 1896, the son of Thomas and Cora Allison. On August 2, 1923, he was married to Bertha M. "Margie" Baab at Greeley. She had been born on May 7, 1893, to Heinrich and Margaretha Baab, and had been raised in Greeley where she attended public schools. After graduating from high school in Greeley, Bertha attended the State Normal School, where she obtained a teaching degree. She then taught at Long Beach, California for a time, before returning to Greeley to continue her teaching career. Following her marriage to Mr. Allison in 1923, Bertha continued to teach in Greeley schools until her retirement in 1963. Jack Allison, meanwhile, was the proprietor of the Lou-Seel Auto Body and Paint Shop in Greeley for many years, and later was employed by the Greeley Transport Company, and by Ted Neiters' Lincoln Mercury Dealership. Mr. Allison retired in 1958, followed by his wife's retirement five years later. The couple then continued to live here for several more years, until Jack's death in June 1982, and Bertha's death in October 1985.