444 South Center

The former Casper Supply Building on South Center Street in Casper is shown Friday. The building, which has been empty for about 10 years, is being remodeled to create office and retail space.

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Hey, Answer Girl,

I want to know about the old Casper Supply Building at Center and Collins. Who owns it and is doing the work? What is it going to be when they’re through? — Betty

Dear Betty,

Having only lived in Casper five years, I know it as the Party Animals building. The pale green building at 444 S. Center St. was an eyesore. But the green paint has been chipped away and now it looks really spiffy.

Renee Penton-Jones, director of the Downtown Development authority in Casper, told me that the building at 444 S. Center St. is owned by Lyle Murtha. He also owns Stateline No. 7 Architects, an architectural firm in Casper.

He told me that the building was built around 1917 and had two additions. It has been empty for almost 10 years. He is gutting and remodeling the building.

“It was originally a warehouse along the railroad tracks, so our concept was to go back to the warehouse style,” Murtha said.

For example, the new windows are the old, steel frame style and the lettering on the corner of the building that says, “444 T Square” is a stencil-type font. The interior will feature exposed brick walls as well as the original columns and rafters.

Most of the work on the exterior is complete and renovations will continue on the inside of the building. There’s no set deadline, but the building will probably be move-in ready early in 2013.

Stateline No. 7 Architects offices will occupy about a quarter of the building. The remaining space will be available for rent.

“Hopefully it will inspire other people in town not to tear down old buildings,” Murtha said. “We’re trying to stop that trend.”

Murtha had little luck tracking down historic photos of the building. If anyone has photos, please email Murtha at lmurtha@stateline7.com. Or, if you send them to me, I’d be happy to pass them along.

Answer Girl tackles questions about Casper, the universe and everything else. Submit your questions by email to Carol Seavey at carol.seavey@trib.com, call her at 307-266-0544 or write to Answer Girl, P.O. Box 80, Casper, WY 82602.


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