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The Yard-Groesbeck House at 157 W 200 S in Springville, Utah was built in 1891. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

It was built originally as a one-story “Victorian T-cottage” but was soon expanded to a two-story house.

Here is an old photo: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Photos/97001581.pdf

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The Yard-Groesbeck House, built in 1891, at 157 W. 200 South is a two story Victorian Eclectic gabled cross-wing house of frame construction with exterior walls clad in drop siding. The current owner reports that the home was first built as a one story Victorian T-cottage, which was expanded to its present size shortly after its construction. The front rooms are said to have been used as office space by the builder and original owner, who operated a lumber yard on the premises. The building is configured with the stem wing projecting east, parallel to 200 South. The cross of the “T” runs on a
north south axis along the west side of the house.
The facade features a one-story porch spanning the north side of the east-projecting wing. The principal entry is situated in the corner of the junction of the east wing with the front cross gable. Rather than facing the street, the doorway faces east, and opens into the side of the front gable. The porch roof, supported by turned wood posts, serves as the platform for a roofless second floor porch edged by an out-of-period wrought iron railing. Beneath the porch roof, the facade features two evenly spaced tall narrow double-hung windows, each having rectangular lights arranged one-over-one. The window surrounds exhibit decorative detailing consisting of fluted trim with carved corner blocks. On the upper story, two doorways open onto the upper porch. One is situated directly above the main entry; another is centered on the north facing wall. The doorways are of original construction, with  decorative wood surrounds.
The west portion of the facade is occupied by a front-facing gable. Paired tall narrow double-hung windows (one-over-one lights, with carved wood surrounds) are situated left of center on the first and second stories. A doorway with transom and carved wood surrounds (fluted trim, with corner blocks) opens into the front gable end at its western edge. This door appears to have served as the outside entry for the owner’s office within the house.
The west side wall exhibits few decorative details. There are no openings on the forward portion of the wall. Toward the rear, there are two second story windows similar to those previously described. A single window is situated on the first story, directly below the rear-most of the second story windows. The rear (south) gable end of the cross wing has two windows symmetrically arranged on the upper story. The lower story of the house is spanned in the rear by a shallow, one story shed roofed extension. Additionally, there is a one story gabled wing which projects back from the eastern half of the shed roofed extension. Although this wing appears on Sanborn Maps, the windows and door have been replaced with out-of-period materials. A fireplace projects off of the west side of this wing. The east face of the house is dominated by the two story gable end of the stem wing. Affixed to the north portion of the gable end is a one story rectangular bay with a bracketed  cornice, and wall cladding of fish-scale shingles above the level of the window sills. The principal bay window consists of four large, tall rectangular lights arranged two-over-two. The window surrounds, as elsewhere on the house, exhibit fluted trim with carved corner blocks. The side windows of the bay are tall and narrow,with lights in a one-over-one configuration.  There is a single second story window situated off-center in the gable, directly across the bay. As previously noted, 157 W. 200 South was significantly enlarged not long after its original construction, possibly with some modification of certain window and door placements. However, these changes took place with the period of significance outlined in the “Historic Resources of Springville City” Multiple Property Submittal. Since that time, the Yard-Groesbeck House has remained virtually
unaltered, the only out-of-period changes being the asphalt shingles on the roof and porch cornice, and the replacement of the balustrade on the upper porch with the present wrought iron railing. Changes to the interior have been minimal, as well. The layout of the rooms has not been altered. The family room area, inside the south gabled addition, has been paneled with false-grained plywood paneling.
The original stair to the second floor remains in good condition, as does the carved wood trim surrounding the windows and doors. The trim is the same pattern as the trim surrounding the outside. A contributing gabled, rectangular one story garage of frame construction similar to the house is situated at the southwest corner of the property, as indicated on Sanborn Maps. It is uncertain whether this is the building used for lumber storage by the original owner, E.J. Yard. Sanborn Maps show several other buildings south of the house and on the interior of the block which might have been used for this purpose; however, these are not located on the present house property. ( * )