127 W. 4th Street – A History

 
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Generations Wine & Martini Bar is at once familiar, it is comfortable and welcoming. The building is long and narrow, a throwback to days gone by. The subtle exterior lends itself nicely to the underlying speak-easy theme. The room is engaging, comfortable, almost like home. The old and the new have blended and one can feel the influence of ‘Generations.’

We specialize in local products, including Colorado microbrews, wines, spirits, and whenever possible, produce from local growers. We offer quality service at quality prices. Our aim is not to be the newest or the neatest, our aim is to be ‘that one place’ a place to begin your evening or have a night cap, a place to take a date when you are looking for privacy; a place where the community can support local industry by purchasing home grown and home-brewed product; a place where regulars know that good conversation is standing behind the bar; a place where the rest of the world stays at your doorstep.

Pull up a stool at our 24 foot concrete bar, have a glass of wine at one of our cozy dining tables, or relax with tapas and beverages on one of our couches.

Our menu caters to several palates offering full entrees, sandwiches, pizzas and an ever rotating selection of tapas. Don’t forget to take advantage of our sinful desserts, martinis and wine.

According to Loveland city record the plot of land on which Generations sits was first an oil & gas company in the early part of the twentieth century. The business was made up of two structures, the second of which still stands to the north of Generations. The present structure was built for hay and feed storage, initially having no exterior walls, only a roof. Some years later the structure was walled in to house several businesses, including a vacuum store, a mechanic, Buggy Works in the eighties, a pizza parlor, and most recently a tattoo shop. Although it’s not immediately obvious, the cement slab beneath our flooring sinks nearly six inches from the front door to the center of the building, and rises again toward the kitchen.

(It can be difficult to get a level table from time to time.) The owners revived the building in 2009 by adding the brick exterior, the rather non-descript front is intentional lending itself to the underlying speak-easy them Generations has. The building has seen many facelifts and updates throughout the years and has many times sat vacant while its neighboring buildings also saw several transitions.

This block of 4th street has long been thought of as the ‘West End’ and once housed a grocery store named ‘West End Grocery.’ Presently the former grocery store serves as an artist studio.
Loveland’s original train depot was across the tracks from the present day structure. To its west were lumber and stock yards. For many years a lumber company was housed between the tracks and our present day location. West Fourth Street was also home to a bicycle shop and warehouses.

The owner of Generations hails from Illinois, but came to Larimer County in 2006. Several photos of family members on the wall were Illinois residents as well. Fitting, as the founders of Loveland also hailed from Illinois. According to the Loveland Historical Society the Barnes family permitted the railroad to lay track through their wheat field in 1877. Soon after Mr. & Mrs. Barnes donated several hundred acres to develop Loveland and named it after their friend and former neighbor, W.A.H. Loveland, who was president of the Colorado Central Railroad.