This house is significant because of its association with Elias L.T. Harrison, architect, editor, and religious dissenter.
Evidence of title and directories suggest this house was built in the early 1870s s for Harrison who is listed in residence there in 1873. Harrison, who probably designed the house, lived there until his death in 1900. He received title from the estated Heber C. Kimball, the original claimant, to all of this block except the lots at the southwest and northwest corners. A private street running through the interior of the block is referred to in several early title transactions, apparently the Belleview Terrace listed as Harrisons address in the 1870’s.
Elias Lacy Thomas Harrison was born March 27, 1830, at Barking, Essex, England. He was trained as an architect in England and became a convert to the LDS Church there. He served the Essex and London Conferences in several capacities including the presidency of the latter.
He emigrated to Utah in 1861 with his wife whom he buried on the plains. He took a second wife, Jennie, in Salt Lake who also died after giving him two daughters described as “talented and devoted”. An old friend came from London to become his third wife and also preceded him in death.
He practiced architecture in association with Henry W. Nichols, designing many prominent buildings, among them the Daft Building.
He is better known today as a Mormon dissenter and founder and editor of several publications including the “Peep 0’Day”, (1864), a magazine published at Fort Douglas, the “Utah Magazine, (1868) of which Harrison was the editor and W.S. Godbe the proprietor. The latter merged into the Mormon Tribune in 1870 which became the Salt Lake Tribune in 1871. Despite his break with the LDS Church, Harrison explicitly rejected the Salt Lake Tribune’s anti-mormon stance.
In association with such men. as W.S. Godbe, E.W. Tultidge and Eli B. Kelsey, he questioned the extent of Brigham Young’s authority, and the wisdom of attempting to retain a self-sufficient economy based on agriculture. Harrison also delved into spiritualism. The “New Movement” they hoped would reorganize the Church is better’ known today as the Godbeite Movement. Harrison was excommunicated in 1869 for apostasy.
It is a measure of his personal charm and ability that despite his excommunication he had retained his friendships among members of the church, of which several prominent officers spoke at his funeral. Harrison died in this house and services were conducted there as well.
This two-story brick home has a flat roofline with a corbelled brick cornice. The asymmetrical plan includes front and side bays. Extensive modifications to windows and porch areas radically change original character.