Bricklayer George Murray built this home in 1871 in Sacramento, California. The brick portion he built still stands as the back portion of this four-story house.
Murray was born in 1838 in England, coming to California via the Ithmus soon after his 1865 marriage. He was described as “liberal in his views and a public spirited citizen,” serving as superintendent of streets for two years.
He had three daughters and a son, George Washington Murray, who became a partner with him in his brickmason trade. George W. Murray and his fellow bricklayer nephew, Ed Cate, rebuilt sections of Sutter’s Fort, discovering a few gold nuggets in its aging foundations along the way.
It is a contributing property on Sacramento’s Register of Cultural and Historic Places.