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National Register of Historic Places Program
Weekly Highlight: Peep O Day Park
Larimer County, Colorado

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

Peep O Day Park is the best extant property associated with entrepreneur Alfred Wild and his various business endeavors. He owned operated a plaster mill, a hollow clay tile company and brick plant – using his property's natural resources in production. Wild also began cultivating hops and an apple orchard in 1881 and then operated an apple cider vinegar processing plant. Mr. Wild, who died in 1933, is credited with the introduction of hops to the agricultural and brewing industry of Colorado.

The estate and Alfred Wild are also significant for contributions to Community Planning and Development. Mr. Wild founded the community of Wilds as a place for his employees to live and have the necessary community amenities. Wilds lies outside of the National Register listing's boundaries.

Peep O Day Park is an excellent example of a Renaissance Revival style house with a high degree of integrity along with its complimentary carriage house designed in the same style. Features of Renaissance Revival present in Peep O Day are low-pitched roof, symmetrical façade, arched window and door openings, projecting cornices with dentils and modest ornamentation.

To see more photographs of this property go to our photostream on Flickr.

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