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Wortham House Collection

Identifier: 2015-014

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  • 1986-1999

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1 linear feet

Historical Information

Originally owned by the Sterling Family, The Wortham House was completed in 1927. Frank P. Sterling commissioned architect Alfred C. Finn to design and build a home in the Broadacres Subdivision. In 1948, the widow of Frank P. Sterling, Isla Carroll Sterling Turner, and their daughter, Carroll Sterling Winston Masterson, gifted the house to the Museum of Fine Arts, Hosuton. The museum could not decide what should be done with the house, and in 1950 the house was sold to Gus and Lyndall Finley Wortham.

Upon the death of Gus Wortham, the house became part of the Wortham Foundation. In 1980, Lyndall Wortham and the Wortham Foundation gifted the house to the University of Houston System. Currently The Wortham House is the home of the University of Houston President and Chancellor and hosts a variety of public and private events.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA