1903 – Pueblo, CO – $82,000

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Added to OHD on 11/2/19   -   Last OHD Update: 12/5/19   -   8 Comments

417 W 8th St, Pueblo, CO 81003

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  • $82,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2084 Sq Ft
Stately, all brick turn of the century one and a half story home or conveniently located office or commercial property (Zoned B-4). Located a few blocks from downtown Pueblo and less than a mile from Historic Union Ave. and the County Courts. Whether it's a home or office building, this hidden gem has tremendous potential and really should be brought back to it's former glory. It appears that most, if not all, of the original woodwork is present, including the fireplace mantle. An additional bonus is that the woodwork has not been painted, it is in it's original finish. What a stunning home it must have been in it's turn of the century glory days.
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John Grove, Re/Max of Pueblo
(719) 369-7169
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8 Comments on 1903 – Pueblo, CO – $82,000

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  1. TGrantTGrant says: 747 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Pueblo is one of those places I’ve considered retirement. This could be a great project house.

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  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5392 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    This house and its immediate neighbors (only a few remain) are smack in the middle of a downtown commercial district now devoid of a residential context. One has to wonder why cities permit this kind of unplanned, unregulated development that robs them of historic gems like the few remaining on this block. Best type of use here would probably be adaptive commercial reuse or more drastically, relocation to an intact residential area if one remains nearby. This process of edging out old homes by commercial encroachment has been going on for decades and is downright wasteful. Why do universities and colleges teach urban planning? It seems to rarely be applied to urban situations like this example. In better planned communities, there would be a harmonious blend of commercial and urban residential in an areas like this instead of the “all commercial or nothing” scenario seen here. It is a flawed example of this kind of tug of war going on between desirable, near downtown residential areas and encroaching business growth. Cleveland’s fabled Euclid Avenue was four miles of grand mansions on what was originally the road to Buffalo, NY. Beginning in the 1830’s the earliest business growth displaced early mansions on the street. This continued unabated throughout the 19th century until by the early 1900’s the elderly owners of these mansions began to leave instructions in their wills to have their homes demolished upon their demise. By the 1930’s the sporadic old mansions remaining on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland were chopped up into rooming houses and institutions. Today, Euclid only has less than a dozen former mansions remaining in what is a busy commercial district while hundreds more Euclid mansions ended up in the landfill. I hate to see such a wasteful model being repeated in city after city. In much of Europe this kind of unregulated urban sprawl is far less common.
    In any case, this once lovely middle class home has no future as a residence unless new homes are built around it which, by the look of things, seems quite unlikely. Sad situation, overall, in my opinion. Good that there’s still a sash weight and mantel that weren’t stolen out of this house. The pocket door hardware looks to be missing. I hope the owners have a good alarm system installed to thwart further thefts.

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    • BoobtubeBoobtube says: 151 comments
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      1984 Post and Beam saltbox
      NY

      Well said. Tearing down beautiful homes close to down towns and forcing people to move to suburban developments that create ugly sprawl and require commuting(fuel and time) is an insane practice. Nothing can be reached without owning a car and cities are cutting mass transit due to budgetary problems. It leads to dying main streets. Thankfully, some of that is reversing. Malls are dying and in some areas, downtowns are becoming revitalized as younger folk move back into these older buildings, where they still remain).

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      • MJGMJG says: 1307 comments
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        CT

        I’m also glad this is happening again. I just hope though that this younger generation appreciates these older historic buildings and don’t assume they should get an HGTV makeover. There seems to be a lack of understanding now of how to manage old homes. How I wish I could walk to work or take a train. Instead of being forced to drive because of the “sprawl”.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5392 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        Well said by you as well. The back-to-the-cities movement is not a new phenomenon. I’d even argue that it has gone mainstream in many places. Maybe not in Pueblo, but quite possibly in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins. In the 19th century, new towns were laid out with a pedestrian mentality. All the vital services and amenities were designed to be accessible by foot or horse drawn conveyances. That 19th century layout can sometimes still be observed in smaller towns which haven’t changed materially in a century or longer.
        By the time this Pueblo house was built it was common in many town to have horse or mule drawn streetcars which made a loop around the downtown core. Those with electric streetcar services developed early “Streetcar Suburbs”. Proximity to the downtown was coveted in the early days which helps to explain why surviving mansions in many older cities are sometimes found in the downtown core. The arrival of the automobile changed everything and soon led to the suburban mentality. So pervasive was this new Suburban mindset that downtown residential districts across the country often emptied out of their better off residents and were in some cases reduced to virtual slum status within a generation. Where such “blight” wasn’t erased via mass or gradual demolitions, just in the past few decades have such formerly undesirable areas reversed course and again are coveted locations to live in. The 10.9 acre Lockerbie Square district in Indianapolis comes to mind as a good example of this reversal in fortunes.

        In the case of this house and Pueblo generally, I think that idea would be a bit of a stretch. Here, the central problem seems to be a lack of critical housing mass needed to recreate an urban residential district again. A compatible use would be either new urban townhomes to be added or tastefully designed market rate apartments alongside the sporadic remaining old houses. However, such a transformation requires vision and a large investment-doubtful either can be found in this part of Pueblo. Best outcome that I can see here is to convert the surviving buildings into boutique type businesses but if the area is perceived as high crime, then even that modest proposal probably won’t work. Unless the City bureaucracy wishes to invest in the area or, some maverick developer is willing to risk their investment in the area, perhaps the sole remaining path to saving this house would be to move it to a better, more residential friendly location. One other alternative that popped up in my mind was for the City to acquire the block and repurpose the old houses for some kind of city services use. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this plucky survivor of old Pueblo.

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    • darladarla says: 119 comments
      Commerce City, CO

      Pueblo is not a thriving city. It may truly be the only way it survives. It is also a, shall we say, tough city. Lots of issues there.

  3. roxxxroxxx says: 399 comments
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    What a great house. Worthy of saving.

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