Some facts about Windsor History Museum

This postcard shows the “Old” Windsor History Museum of Colorado, which opened in 1893. The building is still there today and is now called the Clark House. Clark House was built in 1889 for Colonel William J. Clark. It has been a private residence ever since, owned by members of the Sloss family. In 1973 it was sold to the town of Windsor and was converted into a museum.

Notes: The structure remained relatively unchanged until 1977 when an addition was completed on the north side. This addition contained offices, a book store, and a research area.

The building was bought by the town of Windsor in 1973 from Hulda Sloss. In 1977 an addition on the north side was built to provide more display spaces. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public as a history museum attracting many visitors each year.

It was built between 1889-1893, and was called “The Castle.” The architect/builder was unknown; however, it appears that no architects or builders were listed as part of the historic marker.

Sources on this one have been limited. However, I’ve seen lists saying either Max Neuhaus II or Frederick Sterner was responsible for its creation. Another source says Peter J Schuyler did the design work which was under Max Neuhaus (II). Regardless, both architects had homes here in Windsor Colorado that you can check out too.   Some sources say he did the design while other sources say he did the actual building.  I have to admit, I am still confused on this one and may never know. The same source also says that it was called “The Castle.” Strangely enough, though, the main part of the house isn’t much like Windsor Castle as far as I can tell in pictures…but who knows they could be wrong. Anyway, the architects were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Another source lists three possibilities for who originally designed it: Oscar Wenderoth, Albert Ebert, and Gustave Baumann. All of them are architects so there are plenty more buildings that they can be partly or entirely credited with at one time or another in their careers. I have heard conflicting opinions as far as which architect it was and I am not sure if we will ever know for sure which is accurate.

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