Fleetwood Grille - 711-23 10TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - Edwards Chevrolet/Galland Chevrolet
Style - Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals/Mission
Built Year - 1908
State ID - 5WL4161

Description - One-story, irregularly-shaped, brick building with textured stucco on façade walls and red brick walls on east and rear. Façade divided into three bays. Easternmost bay has flat roof and central round arched entrance with five-light door with fanlight transom flanked by large plate glass windows with divided clerestories and with green tile below windows. Center bay has roof with shaped parapet and two blind arched insets. This section of the building has a center metal frame glazed door flanked by immense plate glass windows with divided clerestory windows and green tile underneath windows. Set back bay on west has center overhead garage door with glazing. Double paneled and glazed doors at east end with multi-light transom above. Hood with supports from upper wall. Large factory style multi-light window west of garage door. Garage door is flanked by two pedestrian doors with transoms. Stuccoed decoratively shaped arch and pedestrian entrance even with sidewalk leads to patio enclosed with wrought iron fence. Second arched entrance at west end of stuccoed wall attaches to building on west. Chimney at southwest corner of west component. West wall has six casement windows with brick sills and a four-part garage door. Rear wall has series of factory style multi-light windows with angled brick sills. Two double overhead wood sectional garage doors at east end of rear wall. Projecting angled wall adjacent to garage doors has off-center flush panel door and large factory style window. Frame entrance projection toward west end of wall. Two factory style windows on east wall toward rear.

Historical Background - The 1909 Sanborn map shows the earliest component of this building, the easternmost bay, as a two-storefront building, addressed 711-715 10th Street. The 1909 city directory indicates that 711 was occupied by B.M. Case, Gospel Messengers’ Church and that 715 housed E.G.H. Kirts secondhand store. Kirts had previously operated a similar business on 9th Street. During 1910-1918 the secondhand store occupied both spaces. By 1920, 711 housed Peterson Paint Store, L.A. Peterson, proprietor. The Greeley Furniture operated in 713, and the company took over both spaces by 1922 and continued here through 1935. By the time of the 1935 city directory, the building had been enlarged to include space for Galland Chevy (721-723). By 1944 Galland’s space had been taken over by Edwards Chevrolet Company and Peterson New & Used Furniture was in 711-713. Otto Guy Edwards, who had formerly been the manager of the J.C. Penney Company, bought Galland Chevy and renamed it in 1939. Edwards Chevrolet was occupying the entire building by 1950 and continued here through at least 1970. Otto G. Edwards was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in 1883. He worked for dry goods firms in St. Joseph, Missouri, Kansas City, and Denver before he became associated with the J.B. Byars Company as manager of its Lamar store. In 1919 he moved to Greeley to manage the company’s store until it merged with the J.C. Penney Company in 1928. He then managed the Penney store until 1939. He married Julia Ann Smith in St. Joseph’s Missouri, in 1908. Mr. Edwards served as president of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce and the Greeley Rotary Club, was a member of the Greeley Concerts Association board, and a member of car dealers associations. He died in 1967.