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William Sturgis House


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The Sturgis home, constructed in 1884, is significant because of its association both with its owner-builder, William Sturgis, and its architect, George D. Rainsford. Sturgis, one of Wyoming's early cattle barons, was deeply involved in the commercial development of Cheyenne. With his brother, Thomas, Sturgis was a founding member of the Wyoming Stock Growers' Association, an organization of great importance in the state's early history. George D. Rainsford, a rancher and architect, helped to introduce a variety of architectural styles to Wyoming. The Sturgis house is an extremely well-preserved example of Wyoming's adaptation of the shingle style, a symbol of the era of the cattle baron on the high plains.



Date Added to Register:
Monday, November 08, 1982
Laramie County
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