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Luft House

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1902, Hoffman brothers, builders. 1429 Colorado 14 (NR)

Originally home for the brothers who built it, this is a three-story, multigabled frame house with Colonial Revival detailing but irregular Queen Anne massing. Roof cresting is highlighted by an antique lightning rod. The house became a rooming house and then the Stone Mortuary before 1925, when Conrad Luft, Sr., moved it from its town location on Poplar Street next to the post office. The horse and wooden roller took ten days to reach the new site 1.5 miles away on a 40-acre farm on Sterling Ditch No. 1. As many as seventeen family members lived under the roof. The last was Marie Luft, Conrad's daughter, who occupied the house alone through the 1980s, making a minimum of alterations.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Luft House", [Sterling, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-LO12.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 259-259.

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