August Wilhelm Carlson built this house about 1872-73. He was born in Kariskrona, Blekinge, Sweden, August 23, 1844 and came to Salt Lake in 1871. He married Priscilla Spencer in April 22, 1872; they had no children. First employed by ZCMI he ultimately became treasurer. He was also a director of Deseret National Bank and the State Bank of Utah, director of Zions Benefit Building Society, a regent of the University of Utah, city councilman, and official of the IDS Church. He served a mission to Copenhagen, 1877-80. His widow occupied the house until her own death in 1934.
This house built about 1874 was the first house on Capitol Hill to be built in the Carpenters Gothic Style. It is a two-story, basically square house. In front there is a bay with three windows in the two-over-two pattern. Above this there is a small balcony with small turned columns. A french door leads from the second story out onto this balcony and it is surmounted by a peaked lintel. The front porch has a flat roof supported by carved brackets and plain columns. The front door is of panelled wood. There is a window above the porch on the second floor.