Oster House - 2413 10th Avenue

 Print Listing Historical Name - Alexander House; Fisk House
Style - Other Style
Built Year -
State ID - 5WL4955

Description - The residence at 2413 10th Avenue is Greeley in a single-story, wood frame, modest Ranch style dwelling. Overall, the house measures 48 feet north-south (across) by 37 east-west (deep). Included within these dimensions is a 35 foot by 13 foot shed-roofed rear addition which was constructed in 1976. The house is supported by a concrete foundation, an its exterior walls are clad with painted white stucco which extends to grade. Decorative, painted or stained brown vertical wood siding appears in the upper gable ends. The house is covered by a moderately-pitched side-gabled roof, with an intersecting gable at the south end of the east elevation (façade). The roof is covered with brown asphalt composition shingles, and the eaves are closed. A red brick chimney is located on the west-facing roof slope. A single-light fixed-pane picture window penetrates the façade wall to the north of the entry door. This window, which is not original, is located where a garage door used to be located. An attached garage, which originally comprised the building's north end, was converted to living space at some point in time. A large single-hung sash window, flanked on either side by a narrow 1/1 double-hung sash window, is located near the center of the façade wall, to the south of the entry door. A set of paired 2/2 double-hung sash windows, flanked by decorative shutters, are set beneath the intersecting gable, near the south end of the façade. Windows elsewhere are primarily single and paired 1/1 or 2/2 double-hung sash, with painted brown wood frames and surrounds, and with decorative wood shutters. A painted white wood-paneled door, covered by a white metal storm door, leads into the house from a 3-step concrete porch on the façade. The porch measures 8 feet by 6 feet, and is covered by a gable hood with knee brace supports. A single painted brown wood-paneled door enters the former attached garage portion of the dwelling near the north end of the west elevation. The 1976 shed-roofed addition to the west (rear) elevation features wide, painted white horizontal composition board siding. Two 1x1 horizontal sliding windows penetrate the addition's west elevation. A small 1x1 horizontal sliding window penetrates the addition's north elevation.

Historical Background - Built originally in 1949, and remodeled extensively in 1957 and again in 1976, this house was occupied by a series of short-term tenants and owners until 1971. at that time, it was purchased by Mark and Bonnie Oster, who have subsequently lived and owned here from that time to the present (2005). According to Greeley city directories, the house's early residents included: Elizabeth Alexander (early 1950s); James W. Fisk (mid-1950s); L.D. Wolff (late 1950s); Lowell Hanson and Gale E. Foster (early 1960s); E.L. Traynor (mid-1960s); Marsh J. Cosgrove (late 1960s); and Eugene O. Bowser (late 1960s - 1971). Among these people, the city directories indicate that James W. Fisk, L.D. Wolff, Lowell Hanson, and Gale E. Foster owned the property, while the others were renters. Mark and Bonnie Oster purchased the property, utilizing a V.A. loan in 1971, and have made their home here from that time to the present. Mark presently (in 2005) works as a driver for Interior designs of Greeley. Bonnie is a housewife. The Osters raised a family of three children in the home - Shana, Shawn, and Stacie - all of whom are now grown.