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Mabry – Van Pelt House

Real estate developers from Denver built this house in 1891 as part of their acclaimed subdivision known as Perkins’ Addition.  It was reportedly the model home for the development.  Over a hundred houses were planned, but only about a dozen were actually built, due largely to the depression of 1893.  Still, Perkin’s Addition was one of the most successful of the man subdivisions developed after the electric streetcar lines were extended into this farmland south of the city in 1890.

Houses in Perkin’s Addition reflect a common architectural theme of the period – the use of standard plans slightly modified to create unique designs and embellished by Victorian Eclectic details.   The styling of these houses, derived from homes build in Denver by the developers, is distinctive in Salt Lake City.

Rev. William D. Mabry, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, owned this house until 1894 when it was sold to Henry Van Pelt, a prominent attorney, commissioner of the U.S. District Court in Utah, and trustee and treasurer of Westminster College.  The house remained in the Van Pelt family for nearly ninety years.

Located at 946 East 1700 South in Salt Lake City.

See other historic homes in Salt Lake here.