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The Bashford House

This building is an excellent example of Prescott’s Victorian architecture, the height of housing fashion for the 25 years before statehood. Built in 1877, it was bought by merchant William Coles Bashford for his young wife, Mary Louise Evans Bashford. The couple expanded and modified the house extensively. In 1973, history escaped the bulldozer once again. The 1880 William C. Bashford House, a building of “architectural value and high integrity,” was saved by the people of Prescott and moved to the Museum property.

Today this Victorian treasure welcomes guests as the Museum Store. Exhibit panels and artifacts explain who lived in the house, the story of a remarkable civic effort to save and move it, and of the Bashford brother’s “Big Store” that was the retail heart of downtown Prescott for 70 years. The gift store offers a wide variety of books, handmade items, and museum-related memorabilia.

The Bashford House

Fun Facts

Quick Dates

The Bashford House is built on the corner of Pleasant and East Gurley streets.
William Bashford resigns from his mercantile business to focus on mining investments.
The Bashford family sells their home and moves to California.
In the 1920s and -30s, changes to the house subdivide it into six apartments.
The Bashford house is loaded on a flat-bed truck and driven half a mile to its new home on the Museum campus.
Renovations complete, the Bashford House is dedicated and opened to the public.
The house’s original marble jardinière (urn) is reinstalled in the solarium on the east side of the house.
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