Making Waves, Hair Team - 817 9TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - Park Theater
Style - Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements/Commercial Style
Built Year - 1918
State ID - 5WL4147

Description - Two-story, flat roof, rectangular, tan magnesium brick commercial building with molded brick cornice and brick panels with molded brick bands. Upper story divided into two bays by central wall pilaster. Two double-hung sash windows with brick sills on each side of pilaster. First story of building is stuccoed and has inset entrance with glazed metal frame door with sidelight and transom. Slightly inset entrance to stairs to upper story at east end with metal frame glazed door. Plate glass two-section window west of main entrance. Rear of building is one story, and has two segmental arched windows with brick sills flanking a segmental arched entrance with double flush panel doors facing concrete steps. Basement level windows are covered up on the rear and first story windows are single-light. Concrete foundation.

Historical Background - A building permit for this building was issued in 1918 to Ira I. Sides for a two-story brick building with concrete foundation costing $3,000. In 1919 E.R. Evans received a permit to ”rearrange interior” for Ira I. and Maud M. Sides, the owners. In 1920-1922 the first story housed a music company and the upper story had rooms. Between 1922 and 1953 this was the location of the Park Theater. The movie theater had first opened at 916 9th Street in 1910, with C.L. Ramsey and W.M. Morse as the operators. The upper story of this building had an office and a room during the theater era. An article on Greeley movie theaters notes that the Orpheum Theater burned in 1910 and the Park subsequently opened (perhaps as a “stopgap” theater). The Park closed in December 1952. In 1960 the Martha Post Dress Shop was located in the first story of this building, while New York Life Insurance occupied the upper story. A 1974 photograph indicates that J.C. Penney Shoes was operating here.