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Laramie Plains Museum, Laramie
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The Ivinson Mansion, now the Laramie Plains Museum, was built in 1892 in Laramie, Wyoming by Jane and Edward Ivinson. Designed by architect Walter E. Ware of Salt Lake City and built by local contractor Frank Cook, the house was regarded as the most significant residence in Laramie at its completion. Edward Ivinson gave the mansion to the Episcopal Church, which used it as a boarding school until 1958. After years of neglect, the house was acquired by the Laramie Plains Museum Association in 1972 and is used as a museum and events center.DescriptionThe Ivinson Mansion is a Victorian-style house with 11,726sqft of living space, with three floors and a basement. Its main level is built of stone, and the upper levels are of wood frame construction. The front of the house is eight rooms wide, with lavishly detailed woodwork, tile and hardware. The left hand tower is square, with a steep pyramidal roof and a projecting rounded by, while the right turret is slightly smaller, octagonal in plan and surmounted by a curved bell-shaped roof. The central bay features a projecting one-story porch with Victorian detailing, with a curved bay above and a small, steep gable above the bay. The upper levels feature shingle style details,exemplified by the curved bays and rounded recessed window jambs. The rear of the house features a depressed roofline just above the second floor with partial dormers over the windows, which cut through the eaves. The hipped roof contrasts with the towered front elevation.The property features a 2647sqft brick carriage house to the rear of the house. It was remodeled in 1921 for use as a school and renamed the Joslin Cottage. The Virginia Cottage, a nearby two-story stucco and frame building, built in 1924 and employing details from the house's rear wing shows some characteristics of the Prairie Style.
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  • My husband and I really enjoyed the one hour tour of this beautifully restored house near UW. The guides are middle school students and we had our own tour when we arrived. Our guide was knowledgeable...  more »
  • The charm of early Laramie, Wyoming is fully evident in this lovely old mansion. It was restored with love and dedication by several residents and is now staffed by equally dedicated volunteers. I too...  more »
  • The "Ivinson" name is part of the very history of the City of Laramie. The Museum offers guided tours of the Ivinson Mansion; this is the beautifully restored home and grounds built for Edward and Jan...  more »
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  • The junior high docents, who volunteer during the summer, are very knowledgeable and enthusiasm. Most of the museum is dedicated to the lifestyle of the 1800s, however the third floor has bits and pieces of things from the railroads to ranching to Native Americans which is not consistent with the rest of the tour. Overall, I would definitely recommend visiting this museum.
  • Excellent tour, remarkable history. Fantastic effort by the Laramie community to restore and furnish this gem.
  • Amazing can wait to b a youth tourer