The Sirrine House is a fully-restored Victorian-era home. Period furnishings and artifacts provide visitors a perspective on life in Mesa in the early 1900s. The Sirrine House was built in 1896 by Joel E. Sirrine for his new bride, Caroline Simpkins Sirrine. In February 1986, the Sirrine Historic House Museum was opened to the public.
In 1896, the Sirrine House was built in for his new wife, Caroline Sirrine. The house was later opened to the public in 1986, with the support of the community in both time and money. An large amount of research and studying went into the restoration of the house. Years of painting over and over, meant the original color was well covered over from the different occupants who lived there. After all the research was completed, they began restoring the house to the original state of which it was in.
After the renovations, the house was furnished to represent how the house would have looked as the new century began. The furnishings were based on what things were like in those times and the people who lived in it. Many things were purchased with money donated by the Arizona Museum of Natural History Guild. The hope of the restorations is for people to step back in the future and see what life may have been like in the early 1900s in Mesa, Arizona.
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