545 Collyer Street
Landmark Designation: 1985
Construction Date: 1886
Architectural Style: Four
The original owner of the house was D.M.L. Bemis as evidenced by City Water
Permit #336 and reportedly the house was a single story structure.
In 1893, Matthew A. Rowen purchased the house and eight years later added
the second story and bay window on the north side. Rowen came to Sunshine,
Colorado at age 20 to work in the mines during the Gold Rush. Rowen later
moved to Berthoud where he worked in the mercantile business until 1890. He
came to Longmont at that time and entered the hardware business in a partnership
known as Rowen, Sullivan and Dell. The firm later became the Sullivan and
Rowen Company until Rowen retired in 1907. Mr. Rowen served as Alderman from
1907-1910 and 1917-1918.
If you would like to learn more about this property, please see our architectural
survey that was completed on the property in 2002.