West 4th Street Historic District
The homes of the district are comprised of a relatively homogeneous group of one story brick bungalows constructed in the Clearview 2nd Addition. The homes were constructed in the 1920s by Loveland contractor William W. Green, and they reflect the prosperity of the community at that time. Mr. Green is credited with construction of approximately 150 houses in Loveland, and was a co-applicant in platting the Clearview 2nd Addition in August 1919. Research has identified that a number of these homes were occupied by some of Loveland’s distinguished citizens of the 1920s -1940s.
These historically significant residents included Howard E. “Bill” Reed, former high school coach, superintendent of schools, and state director of the Selective Service. Mr. Reed resided at 813 W. 4th Street. The residence at 930 W. 4th St. was home to Charles Angove and his wife Georgia. Mr. Angove served as the station agent at Loveland’s Union Pacific Railroad Depot from 1898 to 1903, and was the superintendent at Loveland’s Great Western Sugar Company plant during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Mr. Elmer Ivers resided at 805 W. 4th Street, and is known for having served as mayor of Loveland in 1931, and again in 1956. Mr. Ivers is also known for his role as Chief Electrician of the Great Western sugar refinery, and as the Postmaster of Loveland. Mr. Ivers served as postmaster until 1955, and during his tenure, he was instrumental in instituting the Valentine postmarking program that is now recognized world wide as the largest of its kind.
The homes of this district are most notable for their varied architectural elements, and for their similarities – most are one story bungalows constructed of buff-colored brick. The homes in the district represent three architectural styles including Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Craftsman. While most of the homes in this district exhibit features that are distinctly representative of their style, there are a few examples where a blending of the styles has occurred. An explanation of the three representative styles and their core elements is provided below.