The Watkins-Coleman home was designed by John Watkins and built in 1863 as a home for his polygamous family. He received his architectural training in England before emigrating to Utah in 1856. While living in northern Utah, Mr. Watkins designed and helped build many lovely homes and church buildings. His grandson, Arthur V. Watkins, became U. S. Senator from Utah.
In 1903, the home was sold to Henry T, Coleman. His daughter and her husband, Francis C. Tatge, inherited the home in 1948. Since 1952 Mrs. Tatge has been living in the home and has kept it in excellent repair.
Because of its distinctive cottage character, and because it is one of early polygamist sun baked brick houses In Utah, it seems wise to preserve it as an excellent example of pioneer home building by an important early Utah architect. Also because of its quality many prominent church official: while visiting the area were overnight guests in the home.