The Cadoma Foundation obtained the Bishop Home in 2008. While historic and beautiful, age and modernization had taken a toll. A long list of restoration projects was compiled to rectify the deficiencies. These issues included rotting water pipes, cracks in the walls and ceilings on all floors, and fallen plaster and loose and deteriorated floorboards in the attic. In addition, to make the house more "modern", the bathroom was decorated in pink and avocado, the transoms were painted white and hardware removed, ten-foot ceilings were lowered and hung with acoustic tile, and radiators covered with pegboard. The house also had no parking other than limited space in the driveway. Last but not lease, the old t-lock shingles which were beginning to leak.
With generous private donations and substantial grants from the Wyoming Cultural Fund, Wyoming Community Fund and especially the Natrona County Recreational Joint Powers Board the Bishop House has now been beautifully restored to its original form.
Have you driven by the "old red brick house on 2nd Street" between Jefferson and Lincoln and wondered what it is and what is going on with the construction? Thanks to funding from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Goodstein Foundation, the First Interstate Bank, and several private donors, the Cadoma Foundation is restoring the iconic Southern Colonial front porch to the original 1907 wood design. Part of the new design will improve the access to the home for the mobility impaired. The construction is anticipated to take about 45 days. During the construction, the home is opening for touring, but access is limited to the rear door. The Historic Bishop Home is located at 818 East 2nd Street Casper, Wyoming. Parking is available behind the home off Lincoln Street. The home is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person. To protect guests and staff, we are observing basic safety protocol set by the Natrona County Health Department during the pandemic. Guests are asked to wear masks and our provided shoe protectors in accordance with these procedures. For additional information visit www.cadomafoundation.org or call 307 235 5277.
Rectifying this daunting list began with restoration of the bathrooms and opening the hallway and has continued through the installation of a new roof.
Picture of Restored Bathroom
Painted transoms were restored with new hardware:
Closed off hallway was opened and staircase striped to original wood:
Before-Hallway closed off and painted Staircase/After-Opened hallway with restored staircase:
Second floor was restored:
Before-Second floor ceiling with large crack over stairwell/Restored ceiling:
Before-Old second floor with green carpet/After-restored second floor with restored original wood floor:
Attic was restored:
Before-Old attic/After-Restored attic:
Parking Lot was constructed:
Old shingles were replaced on House: