History abounds with this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath American Craftsman style home that was built in 1909 for Charles O. Merica, president of the University of Wyoming from 1908 to 1912. The Andersen family has called this home since 2007 and since then has learned many interesting things about its prior residents, including that it was once the “Farm House,” the home to the College of Agriculture’s fraternity.
Wilbur Arthur was the architect who designed the two-story house as well as others throughout Laramie in the 20th century, during an era of simplicity and fine taste. This spacious solidly built home features newly remodeled baths, a kitchen with custom cherry cabinets and a heated slate floor, maple hardwood floors, double car garage, updated electric, plumbing, windows, roof, and new insulation along with the house’s historic steam heating system that was retrofitted to modern technology.
While the house includes many modern amenities, it maintains its historic character with pocket doors designed for privacy and separating the open dining and living rooms. The high ceilings with detailed dark wood moldings and wide baseboards add to the spaciousness of the home. This grand house is full of history, quality, charm and space. The fine craftsmanship represents a design movement that encouraged originality, clean lines, natural materials, and the visibility of handicraft.
This house was also built during a time when the upper middleclass had live-in help and includes servant back steps and quarters in addition to its grand staircase off the main entrance and mudroom. It also features the main exterior brick fireplace in the living room and a coal burning fireplace in the basement. This home was designed with functionality in mind and includes a library and other large rooms for gathering and flow. The style of the times was one of nature with numerous large leaded glass windows designed to bring in lots of natural light. It also features a large porch with thick square columns beneath the extension of the main sloping roof and which today continues to be a favorite spot for kicking back and watching the world go by.