Built 120 years ago, the Sterling-Moorman House is the only remaining example of the Gothic Revival architectural style in Cheney. It is believed to have been constructed by the property’s first owner, a local carpenter named Frank Sterling. Its name also reflects long-time ownership by the James Madison Moorman family.
The modest house features its original Gothic arch fenestration, wood drop cladding, and a later shed-roof rear addition that housed the kitchen and bath. The hand-hewn beams undergirding the structure show complex peg-and-tenon joinery, revealing the craftsmanship of its builder. While the building is structurally sound, the interior is in need of extensive repairs.
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Membership Has Its Privileges:
Join the Sterling-Moorman House Foundation to receive occasional email newsletters, invitations to 'pioneer socials,' and be among the first to hear about progress on house restoration. In keeping with the 'working class' roots of the house, membership dues are affordable for everyone at just $10 per year (individual) or $20 (family). (However, contributions beyond the $10 will go toward restoration expenses, and are much appreciated!)
Download the Membership Application & return by mail.
The Sterling-Moorman House Foundation is a non-profit corporation formed to restore the house to useful condition, preserving the historic integrity of the structure while updating it for contemporary use. We are currently restoring the house as quickly as we are able, primarily using volunteer labor. Our intention is that the house will continue to illustrate the early pioneering days of Cheney, showing the community, especially our young folks, how the first settlers of Cheney lived, what they were like and what they believed in.
The Sterling-Moorman House Foundation will be working with the City to oversee the Sterling-Moorman Project and provide guidance and structure as the project begins.
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