Ground Breaking Nagle Residence Cheyenne Daily News, December 19, 1886

This article from the Cheyenne Daily News December 19, 1886 describes the ground breaking and the build out plans for the new Nagle Residence.

The Mansion of Erasmus and Emma Jane Houseman Nagle. Completed by 1887, today the it is the Nagle-Warren Mansion Bed and Breakfast.

Cheyenne Daily News

19 Dec 1886

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The New Residence to be Built by E. Nagle

__ Some Facts Disclosed by the Architect’s Plans.

__ The Building to be Completed by Next Fall.

Excavations are now being made on the corner of Seventeenth and House streets for what will be one of the most beautiful private residences in the western country. The building is being erected for Mr. E. Nagle who intends to have all the foundations laid this winter and hopes to have the structure ready for occupancy by next fall.

The house will be sixty three feet in length and forty seven feet in width. It will probably be build of gray sandstone in the Romanesque style of architecture. The front elevation of the plans lately received from D. W. Giggs and Company of Toledo, Ohio, who are the architects for the new capitol building, give a magnificent idea of the projected structure. Bow windows at the intersection of the two streets will end in a tower of graceful design whose pinnacle will be forty six feet above the ground. A semi-circular veranda of stone will cover the front entrance and end at the bay window; above will be balconies of stone from the main windows; carvings in elegant design will cover the lintels and copings and terminate the angles.

Entering the massive main doors from the verandah the vestibule is reached. This opens into a hallway which will be thirty two feet in length, but pierced by an archway after the first twelve feet and intended to be covered with portieres. It will be ten feet wide. To the left, connected by sliding doors, is the parlor, to the right is a sitting room. The parlor will be 17X20 feet, the sitting room 16X17, not including the recess given it by the bay window. Back of the sitting room is the library, 16X18 feet in dimensions and connected by folding doors. It will thus be seen that by pushing aside the folding doors these three apartments and the hall may be thrown into what will practically be one superb apartment. Immediately back of the parlor will be the dining room which either opens into the hallway or a butler’s closet, the latter of which will be equipped with dumb waiter, sink, cupboards and all necessary appendages. Entering the rear part of the hallway the visitor will then be directly beneath the platform of the main staircase. There will be found entrances to either kitchen or cellar. The kitchen will be 14X14 feet in dimensions and provided among other appliances with a dumb waiter running from the cellar to the attic. It will be provided with a large pantry whose refrigerators are so arranged that the ice may be replenished form without the building. Back of the library will be a lavatory.

At the head of the landing leading to the second floor will be a large window, filled with artist’s glass and so arranged as to cast its mellow radiance into the hallways on the first and second floors. The main hall way on the second floor will be ten feet wide and twenty five feet long and three chambers in the front part of the house will be so arranged with folding doors as to give the full width of the building, forty two feet, when required. Besides two other large chambers and a lavatory are the aprtme3nts for the servants in the rear. It is not the intention at present to utilize the attic of the third floor although should it be necessary it could be transformed into a series of elegant apartments.

The house will be heated with warm air from furnaces in the cellar, which will also contain fuel rooms, laundry, drying rooms, etc.

The first floor will be eleven feet high, the second ten, and the basement eight. It is the intention that everything about the building will not only be elegant but substantial. The interior will be finished in choice hardwoods. The ground plans are from designs furnished by Mr. Nagle himself.

The building as it will stand when completed and unfurnished will represent an outlay of over $25,000.

Editors Note: The home was completed in 1888 and the House Warming was July 20, 1888. The cost was $50,000.00 Some things just do not change. Jim