Lutz House - 2428 10th Avenue

 Print Listing Historical Name - Burger House; Drake House
Style - Ranch Type
Built Year - 1948
State ID - 5WL4968

Description - A single-stall garage is located northeast of the house. This utilitarian structure measures 12' N-S by 24' E-W, and is supported by a concrete slab foundation. The garage walls are built or painted white concrete blocks, and its front gabled roof is covered with green asphalt composition shingles. The roof eaves are boxed with painted green wood trim. A set of paired, painted white, vertical wood plank garage doors, side-hinged with metal strap hinges, are located on the east elevation. These doors open onto a gravel driveway which extends to the alley to the east. A single, painted white, wood-paneled door is located on the garage's west elevation.

Historical Background - Weld County Assessor records indicate that this house was built in 1948, while Greeley city directories reveal that it was initially occupied by John A. and Florence (Herman) Burger. John A. "Jack" Burger was born in Greeley on February 15, 1919, the son of John H. and Clara (McManus) Burger. He graduated from Greeley High School in 1936, before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1942, during World War II. He served in the Aleutian Islands and in the Pacific Theater as a chief machinist mate with the 21st U.S. Navy Seabees. Following the war, Jack was married to Florence Herman in Greeley on June 8, 1948. He then owned and operated his own construction business, while he and Florence reared a family of three daughters, named Janis, Janet, and Marcia. Jack Burger passed away in Greeley on February 7, 1985 at the age of 65. The Burger family lived here for only a year or two, as by 1954 this house had become the residence of Bruce Monet and family. The Monet family also lived here for only about two years, before ceding the property to Robert N. and Frances Drake. The Drake family then lived and owned here until 1969 when they moved to Garden City, Kansas for two years, before again returning to Greeley. Robert N. Drake had been born in Memphis, Missouri on March 10, 1930. He and Frances were married in 1948, and came to Greeley in 1952. They reared a family of four children in this house, named Kent, Norris, Kerry and Peggy. In September 1982, Mr. Drake was honored as the Colorado "Moose of the Year" by the Greeley Moose Lodge No. 909. He was also a member of the American Legion and has served as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Greeley city directories indicate that following the Drake family, the house was successively owned and occupied by Willis Lee Straight and Jess Stewart, in the early-to-mid-1970s. The dwelling then became a rental property from the late 1970s to the present (2006).