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Sod House

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1888. 1 mile north of Genoa on Colorado 109

Unique for its two-story construction, this venerable vernacular house is still occupied by owner Floyd Howe. The outside of the thick walls has been stuccoed. Henry Isaac filed on this homestead the year before the Rock Island Railroad arrived in 1889. Lumber was hauled from Denver in wagons, and the sod was cut from a nearby wetlands. Railroad workers occupied curtained cubicles on the upper floor. It is now an outbuilding on the L. H. Hardy farm.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Sod House", [Genoa, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 269-269.

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