This is a gable facade vernacular house type. The plan is basically one room
wide and two rooms deep. (There is a lean-to on the rear that effectively makes this a three room deep house). The front door is on the street façade and the porch has been enclosed to provide additional living space in this small house.
The house type itself – with the rooms arranged in a corridor fashion – is related to the “shotgun” house which is quite common in most urban areas of the south and midwest.
Evidence of title arid directories suggests this house was built about 1873 for James H. Van Natta, Jr. Van Natta was born in 1857 in Erie, Pennsylvania, to James H. VanNatta and Evelines Vosberg. He came to Salt Lake in 1863 and in 1894 married Birdie Minette Hardy. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and at the time of his death in 1944 had been employed for many years by the SLC Water Department. He and his wife owned and occupied this house through 1940.