Adelaide Curtis House - 1205 10TH AV

 Print Listing Historical Name - Adelaide Curtis House
Style - Late Victorian/Queen Anne
Built Year - 1871-1882
State ID - 5WL3748

Description - This Gabled-L with Queen Anne influences is a L-shaped, two-story, brick structure with a composite front facing gabled roof with intersecting cross gables. Roof features include multiple gables and medium overhanging eaves. The main facade has the off-center main entrance with a metal storm door. The one-story entrance features a flat roof brick area with a front gabled wood addition (forming a vestibule area between the door and the house). Windows are vertical, one-over-one, wood frame, double hung and are most often paired. The windows have wooden sills and surrounds and brick arches are above the windows on the original portion of the house. A prominent bay window located on the south facade features tall, narrow windows and flat roof. A kitchen with wood siding was added in the rear by the current owners in 1996. The three brick chimneys are located on the south side wall, the middle ridge and the rear of the house on the ridge of the gable. The south side wall chimney is painted red to match the red painted brick of the house.

Historical Background - The house was likely built between 1878 and 1882, when Adelaide Curtis purchased the property in 1878 and secured a deed of trust for $500 in 1882, which indicated there was a brick house and other improvements on the lot. The July 8, 1882 deed of trust was “executed by Adelaide E. Curtis and Theodore W. Curtis, her husband, payable to the order of Warren Currier, 1 year after date, with interest at 1% per month, payable quarterly.” Adelaide Curtis secured another deed of trust for $2000 in 1885. She later sold the property to Isaac D. Miller in 1890 for $2500, which included the water rights from the Union Colony of Colorado and one share in the Third Greeley Artesian Well. Isaac Miller agreed to finish paying the $2000 loan and completed payment in 1892. Isaac Miller, with his wife Matilda and children William and Katie, moved to Greeley from Pennsylvania in 1870 and farmed west and north of Greeley. He lived in the house until his death in 1910, and it was the Miller family home through 1917 (Matilda, son William and his wife Florence). Miller was a Quaker who was described by friends as “a man of the highest character.” (Qtd from Isaac Miller obituary) Isaac D. Miller served on the board of directors of the Home Gas and Electric Company and he had interests in the Greeley National Bank. Other residents included S.R. Hallen, stationary engineer and his wife Davina; Henry A. Smilie, employed at Buchanan Filling Station, and his wife Gena; Claude E. Newton, employed at the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and his wife Blanche; and Mrs. Audrey Doolittle, the widow of Frank, a housekeeper, and various others.