Emma Olive Dobbs Home
This one-and-one-half story Victorian style house was built c.1905-1910 by Emma Olive Allsop Dobbs. Emma moved with her husband, John James, and their five children, from South Jordan to Sandy in 1880. It appears, however, that she did not build this home until at least five years after John’s death in 1990. After living here a few years, she married Thomas Dryburgh and moved to his home in Salt Lake City. Emma then sold the house to her brother-in-law, George Albert, who in 1921 sold it to his sister, Fannie Marie Allsop, and her husband Charles M. Anderson. Fannie later sold the home to her son, Wallace, in 1935. Wallace preceded his mother in death (1944), and title was transferred to his widow, Clara, and son, Reid, in 1945. The property was purchased by Dee and Marilee McDonald in 1950.
An excellent example of the Victorian eclectic style with central block and projecting bays, the house’s character-defining features include decorative brick work, galvanized roof ridge caps and finials or or hip knobs, asymmetrical facade, and a classically detailed front porch with Tuscan columns.
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