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Designated Landmarks

Old Allen House
924 2nd Avenue

Landmark Designation: 1978

Construction Date: 1870's

Architectural Style: Vernacular Wood Frame

Architect/builder is unknown, but it may have been W.J. Atwood an early day hardware merchant who's trademark was the "inverted V", which is visible over the upstairs window. It is known that the house was moved to its present site in 1925 by the Elk's Lodge.

George Washington Allen was the son of Alonzo Nelson Allen and Mary Ann Harris Dickens Allen, St. Vrain Valley pioneers. As a young boy, George worked around the well-known stage stop in old Burlington operated by his mother, Mary. He took care of may chores since his father was away for long periods of time prospecting with his step-brother, W.H. Dickens. Cattleman, stage driver, freighter and livery stable owner, Allen prospered and built a new home at 703 3rd Avenue with his "Red Barn Livery" located at 635 Third Avenue.

Vernette S. Allen, George and Mary's eldest son, became the second generation to work around the livery stable. By 1916, the business was called "Allen Livery and Transfer" with up to date livery, heavy hauling and excavating; in addition to providing sand and gravel. Vernette was involved in several other businesses from an early-day garage and filling station to being an agent for Gorham Coal.

The Allen House is a significant part of Longmont's history, first, because five generations of the Allen family have contributed to the growth and development of the area since 1859; second, because the architectural style represents the early buildings of the town, and it is significant to have survived periods of demolition in the area.

HPC 1978-4