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James & Ellen May Jensen House

This house was build by James B. and Ellen May Cushing Jensen following their marriage in 1894.  James was active in the mining industry and later was a professor at the university of Utah and a mining consultant.  The Jensens sold their home in 1925 to Jedediah and Semira Goff, although it appears they they never lived in the house.  John Lavel and Olive Hogan Smith lived here during 1932-48.  John was a mechanical engineer and miner.  Olive was a machine operator at the Salt Lake Knitting Works.

This Victorian style house is representative of the shift in Sandy architecture to more elaborate homes following the end of the mining boom in 1893.  houses began to be build with more permanent, substantial materials and adorned with decorative woodwork of trained craftsmen.  The Jensen house is one of the best remaining examples of this style in Sandy.

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