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The Lawrence Bean House in Provo, Utah.  For other historic homes in Provo visit this page.

Located at 55 North 500 East.

Built circa 1911, this yellow pressed brick, single story bungalow is noteworthy for its eclectic combination of styles.  The design of this home is unique since few houses in Utah combine elements of the Dutch Colonial Revival such as the gambrel roof, with Arts and Crafts details like the exposed cross braces of the porch columns.  At the time this home was built, the bungalow was America’s most popular house type, with wide overhanging eaves, projecting bays on the main floor, broad front porches and dormers in the slope of the roof, often facing the street.  This particular home demonstrates all of those features.

The original owners of this home were Lawrence L. and Mary Elizabeth Jones Bean.  Lawrence Bean was among the first generation of Provo residents to be born in the city, his parents and grandparents having been prominent among the pioneers who settled Provo in 1849.  The first major irrigation ditch in Provo was called the “Bean Ditch” after this family whose members helped to dig it.

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