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Published on Jul 13, 2011
This historic home is an example of a Folk Pyramid style with Colonial Revival features. It was built prior to 1886 and moved to its current location at 603 Fremont Street. Emil Therkildsen, an early owner of the home, was Deputy Sheriff of Albany County and in 1908 he hid a prisoner in the cellar to avoid a lynching, then spirited him to Cheyenne in the middle of the night.
The current homeowner is his great-granddauther, Tyra Lynn Page. The home has been in her family for more than century with numerous family members having lived there. Her mother, Marge Richardson is the daughter of Emil and Jensine (Thobro) Therkildsen, who purchased the home from George Hicks in 1904. Hicks was a Laramie City Councilman. The Therkildsens raised their six children in the home in the early 1900s, a time when Laramie was starting to become populated by families coming out West on the Union Pacific Railroad.
This house is considered folk architecture because of its simple structure. Back in the late 1800s these homes were designed to provide shelter suitable for the surrounding terrain, with no pretense of following current styles or architecture. This home also includes Colonial Revival features, such as the porch, 6-foot windows and shutters and bay "garden" window.