City of Arvada regrets to report that it lost its largest Blue Spruce located
on public land during Wednesday night's wind storm.The 80-foot + tree was located next to the
Historic Allen House at West 64th Avenue and Quail Street. Wind gusts reaching
88 mph toppled the tree, which broke into three pieces; two of the pieces landed
against the west side of the house, and the third landed on the east side of
the house. City Forestry has removed the tree.
of Arvada Facilities Manager Phil Hensley reported that the damage to the house
was heavy with at least two branches going through the roof and one through the
ceiling. Additionally, there was damage to a dormer, the fascia, the gutter,
and the south wall. A three-foot section of the chimney was knocked down and
landed upright, intact, on the west side of the house.
House, a City owned property, went through extensive renovations in 2010 to
revitalize its historical structure and is currently being leased by PeaceJam.