Few Rifle buildings constructed in 1905
Telegram Staff Writer
The year Rifle was incorporated into a town was not a popular time for building. A good part of downtown had burned three years earlier, in the 1902 fire. That prompted an immediate flurry of activity. Rifleites wanted to get their downtown up and active again.
Construction in Rifle has seemed to go in waves: In 1908, there was another surge.
And as the economy has ebbed and flowed in Rifle, so has the construction.
Most of the information here about the few known buildings constructed in 1905 comes from the Rifle Centennial “Self-Guided Walking Tour” booklet created by Barb Kissell and Karen Rhoades.
– at 120 E. Third Street was built in 1905. Louis Hoffmeister moved from Glenwood Springs to start the bakery in 1902, and become one of Rifle’s original town trustees in 1905.
C.W. Donnell built the building. A second story was added in 1906. The building housed the Hoffmeister Bakery, which later became Hoffmeister’s Groceries. The building now houses The Tradesman and Base Camp Cafe.
– was originally built with wood in 1889. It was replaced in 1905 with a brick building, which still stands at 200 E. Fourth St. The church cost $8,000 to build.
Stones from a local quarry and brick from a local kiln were used in the construction.
Herman Heinze paid for repairs after a fire nearly destroyed the inside of the building in 1916. He also donated an organ to the church in memory of his wife. The stained-glass windows in the church honor the Union’s contribution to the “war between the states.” The organ is still there, as is a time capsule in the church’s cornerstone, which was buried in 1905, and removed in 2005. In 2005, original items are being returned, and new items added, to the cornerstone.
– at 436 East Ave., was also built in 1905, though it’s been added onto since then. It has a front gable porch, which is an architectural feature typical of early 1900s construction.
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