Schmitt House - 2431 10th Avenue

 Print Listing Historical Name - Harden House; Howard House; Kirkland House
Style - No Style
Built Year - 1948
State ID - 5WL4959

Description - This modest wood frame residence features a basic rectangular plan which measures 28' N-S (across) by 24' E-W (deep), plus an attached garage on the south elevation, which measures 14' N-S by 20' E-W. The building is supported by a painted beige concrete foundation, penetrated at intervals by 2-light hopper basement windows. The house's exterior walls are clad with beige color asbestos shingle siding, while the moderately-pitched side-gabled roof is covered with brown asphalt composition shingles. The roof eaves are closed. A non-historic leaded glass-in-wood-frame entry door leads into the façade from a non-historic, approximately 18' by 7' wood deck. This deck, which features a wood railing, has replaced the original concrete porch which measured 6' by 6'. Two sets of paired 1/1 double-hung sash windows, with painted wood frames and surrounds, with decorative exterior wood shutters, are located on either side of the entry door. Elsewhere, the home's windows are primarily 1/1 double-hung sash with painted wood frames and surrounds. A painted beige overhead garage door, and a single painted beige wood-paneled door with one upper sash light, are both located on the attached garage's east elevation, at the south end of the façade. Vehicular access to the garage is via a concrete driveway which extends to 10th Avenue to the east. A rear entry door leads into the house from beneath a shed-roofed patio on the west elevation.

Historical Background - Weld County Assessor records indicate that this house, with an attached garage, was built in 1948. Greeley city directories, meanwhile, reveal that the property has had numerous - for the most part short-term - residents through the years. Although it was occasionally owner-occupied, during most years the house has been a rental property, apparently with a basement apartment beneath the main level. Alva E. Harden, who is listed at this address in the 1950 Greeley city directory, is the earliest known resident. People who owned as well as lived here included: Don M. Howard (early-to-mid-1950s), and Gerald Kirkland in the early-to-mid-1960s. Some of the property's numerous tenants were probably students at the University of Northern Colorado.