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.
The 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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Laramie Plains Museum Reviews
Loved the house, though not much is original to it. Tours go out when folks arrive, so it didn’t seem like any planned departures. Our guide was quite young and not quite prepared...not sure if she.... more »
Our docent was wonderful as she took us on an hour plus tour of the mansion. We learned a lot of history about Laramie. This is a great place for children to visit. While it is "A hands off/Do not.... more »
Great tour of a beautiful home filled with priceless pieces of history. The tour guide was absolutely adorable and well informed, and we loved that young people gave the tour! Not only were they polite and responsible, they seemed to have a true love for the history of Wyoming, and the house itself.
We had a wonderful tour of this mansion, given by a very knowledgeable historian. Definitely recommend
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