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Bonelli House

  • Antique furnishings in the Bonelli House
  • The Bonelli home was innovative for its time period
  • Historic Bonelli house in Kingman

Highlights:


  • A great example of Anglo-territorial architecture circa 20th century.
  • The first Bonelli home was built in 1894 and was innovative for its day as it was wired for electricity.
  • It was purchased by the City of Kingman in 1973 and turned into a museum with period furnishings, clothing and  other relevant items.

Bonelli House

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This historic home in Kingman was built by George Bonelli as a wedding gift for his wife, Effie E. Tarr Bonelli. The couple was married in 1895 in Kingman. Effie was the daughter of the Santa Fe Railroad station master and George was the son of immigrants who met on a ship en route to the U.S. Bonelli paid $40 for the property and built a home that was innovative for its day as it was wired for electricity. The original home was destroyed by fire, likely caused by an electrical short. The couple rebuilt in nine months using a fire resistant plaster and Tufa stone. The home had an exit door from every room to the veranda. Passive air-cooling was provided by a cupola that drafted hot air up and out of the home.
 
The couple had nine children. Their seventh child, Joseph, was the last to live in the home. The City of Kingman purchased the property in 1973 so as to turn it into a museum. The home is furnished with period pieces and possessions of the Bonelli family including clothing, books, art and family treasures. Visitors can tour the home Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No admission is charged but a donation of $2 per person is suggested. 
 

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Call 928-753-1413
Come visit us! 430 East Spring Steet, Kingman, AZ - 86401,US

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