The Historic Living Project
The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund

402 S 11th Street, Laramie Wyoming

This Free-Classic historic house with Victorian features is the home of Eric and Michelle Worden. Although the exact date is unknown, it was build in the early 1900s and first inhabited by Aven Nelson, a well-known botanist and entrepreneur in Laramie. This house includes clapboard siding with wood shingles in the gable ends and eyebrow windows. It also has a large front porch with Dormic columns, a triple-sash front window, and other features representative of a FreeClassic house and Victorian.

Eric & Michelle Worden

Current homeowners, Eric and Michelle Worden, said buying their dream home was the ultimate “green” project because “they just don’t build them like the used to.” This Free Classic-style house with Victorian features was built between 1906 and 1908 (no records were found of the exact year.) This two-story, on a sandstone foundation, is sheathed in clapboard siding with wood shingles in the gable ends. The eave-front gable roof is intersected at the center of the north façade by a prominent gable with cornice returns, which tops slightly projecting the central bay. It has an open large front porch supported by six slender Doric columns. The porch also includes a triple-sash window and the front door entrance. The north and south gable ends extend slightly and are bracketed with lighted lunettes. While the house has undergone many upgrades over the years, it retains the overall feel and the many details of a Free Classic house, architecture that followed the Queen Anne movement with the idea of a modern free treatment of materials derived from classic architecture.

This video is a brief summary of the The Historical Living Project, a video-based journalism initiative that provides residents and visitors with a historical narrative of the people and historic homes of Laramie, from its beginnings as a railroad town, to a thriving community that values its sustainable architecture and historic heritage. This project includes many of the houses in the National Historic District, the University Neighborhood of Laramie.

Eric and Michelle Worden, Homeowner
Chamois Anderson, Producer
Keith Perschino, Film Assistant
Ted Haskell, Project Assistant

The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund
UW Environment and Natural Resources Program
American Heritage Center

Albany County Tourism Board
Albany County Historic Preservation Board
Laramie Plains Museum at the Historic Ivinson Mansion