Murray House

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.

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