The N.S. Nielson House, built in 1890, represents the economic prosperity enjoyed in Mt. Pleasant due to the successful Intermountain livestock industry. N.S. Nielson, born in Sweden in 1848, was a prominent local sheep rancher and businessman. The house is an outstanding example of eclectic architectural design in rural Utah.
- Historic Homes in Mount Pleasant
- Mount Pleasant, Utah
- MtPleasantPioneer’s post about this home.
- N.S. Neilson ~~~~ Pioneer of the Month
This elaborate, Queen Anne Style, one-and-one-half-story, brick home was built in 1890 by N.S. Neilson. It is a flamboyant example of Victorian massing and detailing as applied to a cross-wing house plan. The house was built in two stages; the first was completed about 1890 as a single cross-wing house; the second in 1892 creatively combined various new stylistic components such as the round portico, and square Mansard-roofed tower. There are five stained-glass windows, a variety of window and roof types, a formal main entry and classical ornament. This house has beautifully painted ceilings done by Carl Anderson who painted the Salt Lake City Play House.
N.S. Neilson was a Swedish immigrant; previously, he had been a serf in Sweden who worked for royalty. Neilson achieved the American dream after coming to Utah. He became a wool grower and prosperous local merchant, owning acreage and this fine house. Years later, this home was sold by Ruth James to Jay and Ethel L. Winkelman. The couple renovated the home and converted the carriage house to a four-car garage with a large recreation room on top. Later the home became a bed and breakfast called the Main Street Inn.(*)