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Teton gets steel siding in upgrade to 85-year-old landmark
Steel siding has been applied to the north and west sides of the historic Teton Senior Housing building in downtown Riverton. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Teton gets steel siding in upgrade to 85-year-old landmark

Mar 22, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff Writer

REACH of Wyoming is in the final stages of performing updates to the exterior of the former Teton Hotel, now Teton Senior Housing Inc.

"We just gussied it up," said REACH operations manager Gerry Yennie. "We just put steel siding on the building."

He added that there is stucco work being performed on the back of the building.

The work was done "because it need it," Yennie said, adding that the majority of the job was for cosmetic purposes only.

Riverton contractor Sehnert Systems Inc. is handling the work

"They started, I think, about August," Yennie said. "There's some more work to be done on the north side."

Teton Senior Housing, on the 300 block of Main Street, is made up of 27 single-bedroom apartments, according the foundation's website.

Construction of the four-story Teton Hotel began in 1917, part of a post-World War I downtown building boom that saw both the Teton and the Masonic Temple completed by 1919.

In 1985 the Teton was converted into apartments.

Yennie said there is no work currently being done on the interior of the old hotel. Most of that was done over the past 10 years.

In addition to the Teton updates, he said the foundation is not doing much new other than what it's always up to, providing senior housing.

"We're just pressing on with the REACH West development community," Yennie said.

Yennie said the development, just south of the REACH offices on North Eighth Street, began in 1994 and now has more than 100 occupants in more than 50 duplex units. The project began as Sertoma West.

According to the website, REACH West was converted in 2009 to a Wyoming State Health Department Assisted Living facility.

Yennie said there is room to build another 30 units for the community at the current site.

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