In the early 1900's, Charles and Katherine Hover came to Colorado from Chicago. Charles was semi-retired after a successful and lucrative career as a wholesale pharmaceutical salesman. The Hovers were in Denver a short time when Charles' health began to fail. In hopes that Charles' health would improve with" country living," they moved to Longmont and bought the property west side of town.
Construction of the HoverHome took four years and was ready for occupancy in 1912. The beautiful, Tudor-style HoverHome consists of 3,500 square feet of living space and includes many "modern" conveniences that were unheard of and considered quite eccentric and extravagant at the time. The total cost of the home in 1912 was $25,000.
BEATRICE COMES INTO THEIR LIVES
Around the time the Hovers moved to Longmont they adopted nine year old, Beatrice. She would come to tenderly care for her aging parents throughout their life. People who knew Beatrice said she was a deeply caring, generous, down to earth, and a beautiful woman. Always involved with Longmont community projects, charities and hobbies; her favorite pastime was the Hover home gardens. Interestingly, Beatrice was also an accomplished Braille translator. Collaborating with her mother on the vision of offering a retirement home for low-income elders. The Hover Manor was completed in 1979.
BEATRICE HOVER PERSONAL CARE UNIT
In 1989, the Hover Community, Inc. was established and construction of the Beatrice Hover Personal Care Unit began. With a view from her 5th floor apartment, Beatrice Hover herself served as "Chief Sidewalk Superintendent."
Beatrice passed away in 1991 a few weeks before completion of the Beatrice Hover Personal Care Unit. Her generosity is reflected in the bequest of vacant land for the benefit of the retirement Community.
HOVER WOODS DUPLEXES
In the mid 1980's, the property now known as "the duplexes" was developed for the purpose of erecting retirement cottages. The occupants own the properties and a covenant exists requiring that one must be at least 55 years of age to own one of those properties.
BEATRICE HOVER ASSISTED LIVING
In 1997 the name of the Beatrice Hover Personal Care Unit was changed to the Beatrice Hover Assisted Living Residence to better reflect the services provided. It has been the "standard" for assisted living in Longmont and served as a model for excellence in Assisted Living Design.
DECLARED A LANDMARK
In 1997 HoverHome was purchased by the St. Vrain Historical Society, the City of Longmont declared the Hover home a historical landmark and Hover Woods duplexes for owners 55 years or older, were built.
THE KATHERINE & CHARLES HOVER GREEN HOUSES
Thanks to the generosity of the Hover Family Foundation and the dedication of the Leadership team, the innovative, state of the art Green House Nursing Homes are now open on our campus.