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2018-08-04 12.44.55

James & Susan Langton House

This large, two-story house, constructed in 1908, is an unusually well-designed eclectic version of a four-square type house. The well-known Salt Lake City architect Bernard O. Mechlenburg combined elements of the Tudor and Classical styles in its design. Some of these features include a full-width front porch that is decorated with turned baluster and Tudor arched openings, and metal tile shingles on the roof. The original ten-room interior of the house was altered when it was converted into apartments in the 1930s – a common practice for larger residences in urban areas of that area.

James Langton, born in 1853, lived in Dodge City, Kansas, and was involved in the early Indian wars there. In 1889 he moved to Salt Lake City, drawn by the burgeoning mining industry. He eventually entered the lime and cement business, establishing his own company in 1894. This company became one of the leading wholesalers of these products in the state. Langton married Susan Ross, born in Rochester, New York, around 1897. James died in an auto accident in 1913 in Millcreek Canyon. Susan sustained serious injuries but recovered. Until her death, she shared the house with various married daughters at different times. She turned the house into apartments in 1937, two years prior to her death.

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