Pierpont House 957 East Center Street The house is a good example of an English Tudor period cottage. The steep roof pitches, large front chimney, round arched entry and multicolored brick are elements of this style. The property has been owned by members of the Pierpont family since 1962. The Pierpont name is well known due to Thomas Pierpont, who was prominent in the steel and foundry business. Other owners of this home include Albert and Pauline Taylor (1937 to 1953) and Ralph and Elaine Bringhurst (1953 to 1962).
Justis Johnson House 939 East Center Street Justis W. Johnson was the owner of the property when this house was constructed in 1928 and the deed was conveyed to the Decker Mortgage Company and then the Reserve Loan and Discount Company. Oran Groneman, a general contractor and Union Pacific rail car inspector, owned the property from 1935 to 1937. The house is unusual in that it does not readily fit into any one particular architectural style common to Provo. It has some characteristics of a 20th century military style cottage.
Van Wagenen House 905 East Center Street Constructed around 1900, this Victorian Box Style house features a classical columned porch and balcony. Since 1935, the home has been owned by members of the Van Wagenen family, including Alma Van Wagenen, Mayor of Provo in 1928-29 and Harold Van Wagenen, Mayor of Provo in 1956–57.
(*)Desert Star Theater is a dinner theater establishment in Murray, Utah. It started out as a small theater called the Gem, which showed silent movies with a piano for music. It was later closed down and demolished, but rebuilt and expanded into the Iris Theater by owner Tony Duvall. After his retirement, the Iris changed hands several times before being renamed the Vista.
The National Register of Historic Places, notes Iris Theater, Apartments and Commercial Building, built in 1930, is significant for its role in the urbanization of Murray City. With its combination of entertainment, retail, and residential space, the building represents an elaborate example of the multi-use commercial block common during the early twentieth-century development of the city’s commercial business district. The building was owned by the Duvall family who managed the theater while living in the apartments above the storefronts. The Iris building is also significant as the only commercial building in Murray built in the Art Deco style. Though not a particularly ornate example of the style, the building makes a distinctive contribution to the State Street frontage of the Murray Downtown Historic District. The building is in good condition and is a contributing historic resource of the city.