Pickett Engineering - 808 8TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - McArthur Hardware
Style - No Style
Built Year - 1907
State ID - 5WL4128

Description - Two-story rectangular brick building with flat roof with stone coping and cornice of two rows of brick on end and molded brick corbels. Second story has three windows with tall light over short light and sandstone lintels, as well as door off-center with rectangular light and sandstone lintel facing wrought iron balcony with decorative supporting braces. First story is inset, with slightly off-center double wood doors with large rectangular lights; wall surrounding entrance clad with varnished vertical board siding. Panels of etched glass create clerestory motif above inset area. Inset area has ceiling clad with pressed tin. Second entrance on façade at west end has paneled and glazed door with vertical board over door; this entrance projects slightly forward. East of main entrance is hipped roof bay window above exposed basement level. Wrought iron and brick balustrade on east enclosing well to lower story. Basement level storefront has bay window, vertical board siding, and wood and glazed door. Rear of building has large windows with rock-faced sandstone sills on each story, as well as off-center entrance. The windows have been altered and the windows of the lower story have bars.

Historical Background - A one-story building known as the “Duff Building,” which housed a meat market and jewelry store was located on this site in 1906. D.R. McArthur’s building, costing $6,500, was reported constructed in a 1907 year-end summary of building in Greeley. The building was listed at this address in city directory of 1908, and the present two-story building was shown on the 1909 Sanborn map. A hardware store was located here from that time until at least 1950. By THE 1960s Randall’s Shoes was housed in this building. In 1980 Clem and Eva Lou Schutte bought the building. They hired ARIX to design a new look for the building (which then had a modern façade), a space in the basement for their shoe repair business, and a street level storefront, as well as an upstairs loft.