One of the oldest homes in Utah, the Johnson/Hansen at 485 E 400 S in Provo is a historic property consists of a c.1870 log cabin, c.1876 brick house, and c. 1938 garage. Niels and Josephine Johnson lived in the log cabin while they were building the Victorian Eclectic style brick house.
The property was sold c.1937 to Ray Hansen who placed the log cabin between the brick house and a “modern” garage. He used the cabin as his gunsmith shop for half a century. Hansen was simultaneously preserving the community’s pioneer heritage and acknowledging the realities of a more contemporary lifestyle. Because most original dwellings were replaced and removed as property was developed, the Johnson/Hansen historic property is one of the few enduring examples illustrating the evolution of Utah housing.