Depriest House - 1111 5TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - J. Max Clark House
Style - Other Style
Built Year - 1870
State ID - 5WL766

Description - This vernacular frame residence is a one-and-one-half story structure with a composition shingle, low-pitched side-gabled roof. A small single-story, one-room projection with a matching roof is located on the west façade. Another larger one-and-one-half story projection extends from the rear, or north side, of the house. Roof features include wide overhanging eaves and a central brick chimney. It has a stone foundation and lapped siding with six inch reveals. The main façade is symmetrical with a centered doorway flanked by two one-over-one double hung windows. Two small single-light casement windows are located above. A shed-roofed, almost full length, porch shelters the entrance and is supported by square posts. A square bay window is located on the east façade of the original portion of the house. Most other windows are vertically accentuated one-over-one double hung.

Historical Background - This home was built by J. Max Clark, a talented Union Colony pioneer, who at various times during his life was a farmer, editor of the Greeley Tribune, an irrigation specialist, an author and a farm implement dealer. Clark built his home in 1870, making it one of the oldest in Greeley. He lived there until 1910, when he built and moved into a house next door. He describes building the edifice in his witty book Colonial Days. This book is perhaps the best first-hand account of Greeley's pioneer period other than David Boyd's history. From 1880 to 1894, Clark engaged in a black smithing and implement business. In 1898, he was elected to the Colorado General Assembly and served one term as a representative. Clark was editor of the Greeley Tribune from 1890 through 1900. Other achievements include contributions to the development of Colorado water law through participation in the 1874 conflict with Fort Collins over diversions from the Cache la Poudre River and various irrigation projects.