Help Revive a Greeley Treasure

Plans for the House

We will fill the house with relationships . . . relationships . . . relationships! Our goal is to create a truly comfortable, inviting, and safe community space. We are still exploring the many ways to make that happen, but so far our plans include office space for not-for-profits, open space for community meetings, and a kitchen for preparing community meals. Lots of other creative and important ideas have been considered such as emergency housing, spaces for classes, a youth center for adjacent Greeley West High School, and many more. If you or your organization is looking for a partner with an adaptive space, let’s chat!

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith was a local girl, born on June 14, 1882 to Greeley contractor Franklin W. Smith and his wife Mary. According to historian Peggy Ford Waldo, she graduated from Greeley High School in 1899 and then studied architecture by “mail order” via the International Correspondence School. Her program of studies paid off when she was hired in 1901 by Bearrensen Brothers as “the only lady architect in Denver.” Two years later she moved back to Greeley where she set up her own practice in association with her father’s firm, Hall & Smith Contractors (“A Lady Architect,” Greeley Tribune, 29 January 1903). Between 1903 and 1910, when she and her family moved to San Diego, she designed many commercial and residential buildings praised as both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Journey of the House

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Family of Christ Presbyterian Church
2410 35th Avenue Greeley, CO 80634
Office Phone (970) 330-0301

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