Bradfield House - 1514 11TH AV

 Print Listing Historical Name - Bradfield House
Style - Late Victorian/Queen Anne
Built Year - 1907
State ID - 5WL3726

Description - This Late Victorian Queen Anne Free Classic/ American Foursquare style residence is a rectangular, two-story brick structure with an asphalt shingle, hipped roof. Roof features include attic cross gables on the west and south elevations, wide overhanging eaves and a wide frieze under the eaves. It has a stone foundation and brick exterior. The main facade contains a centered entrance with a wood door with a large single light. The one-story, wraparound porch has Doric columns, a wide frieze under the eaves, a brick knee wall and it is partially enclosed on the north side of the house. A ribbon of one-over-one wood frame double hung windows and several one-light fixed windows enclose the porch. Other windows include a two story bay window with one-over-one, wood frame, double hung windows, and six light windows. The center window on the first story of the bay window has a stained glass transom. The first story windows also have brick arches, and all windows have stone sills. The brick chimney is located on the east end of the house, and is not visible from the street.

Historical Background - The house was built in 1907 for J. H. Clark, and for Ella Clark who was listed as the owner on the property title. J.H. and Ella lived in the house until they sold it to Bradfield in March of 1914. The house is named for George H. Bradfield, who, with his wife and three children, occupied the house from approximately 1914 until 1954-1956. After graduating from Denver University Law School in 1904, Bradfield moved to Ault, where he practiced law and founded the Ault Advertiser, a Republican newspaper. While in Ault, he also began the harvest carnivals, which rapidly became one of the most popular events in Colorado. Bradfield moved to Greeley in 1906 and became a Weld County judge in 1908. He served in that capacity from 1908 until 1912. He had his offices in the Opera House during the interim after he served as Weld County Judge, until he became Weld District Judge. He served as Weld District Judge from 1918 - 1925 and 1943 - 1953. He also served as Greeley City Attorney from 1925 - 1929, Weld County Attorney from 1940 - 1942 and Colorado State Supreme Court Justice from 1952 - 1957. In addition to these positions, he ran for the Second District of Colorado Congressional seat in 1930, 1936 and 1938, but was never elected. Aside from his career, Bradfield actively involved himself in community activities. He served as Chairman of the Greeley Museum Board, Chairman of the Weld County Republican Party, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Weld County Pioneer Society, and District Governor of the Lions Club. He was the district chairman of the northeastern counties of Colorado for the American Red Cross, organized the first Boy Scouts in Weld County, and was director of the Greeley Salvation Army. He enjoyed Weld County history and gave radio talks on the subject. The following quote reflects his feelings about the area and its history: “I only wish our own citizens could come to appreciate their home county, its wonderful present day development, its colorful romantic historic background, and its tremendous promise for the future. If these little talks have helped in any way to awaken some of our people to a better acquaintance of the county we live in, I shall feel well repaid.” Bradfield was struck by a car as he was crossing 11th Avenue and died as a result in October 1961.