Oluf Larsen House
Located at 75 S 100 W in Ephraim, Utah.
The Oluf Larsen house is significant as an example of Scandinavian vernacular architecture in Utah. The house contributes historically to the thematic nomination, “The Scandinavian-American Pair-house in Utah.”
Oluf Larsen (sometimes spelled Olif s or Olaf) was born in Drammen, Norway in 1836. After spending his early years working in a factory, Larsen was adopted into a wealthy family and converted to Mormonism in 1857. He emigrated to Utah in 1861 and settled in Salt Lake City. Later he and a friend, C.C.A. Christensen, moved to Sanpete County and settled originally in Spring City. Due to difficulties in securing water rights, Larsen was forced to move on to Fort Ephraim and then was called by Church officials to colonize Circleville. After Indian hostilities forced the abandonment of Circleville, Larsen moved to Parowan and then back to Ephraim where he bought a city lot from C.C.N. Dorius. By the summer of 1870 the new house with “three floor rooms” was completed and Larsen could remark that “of all the houses we have occupied this is the best.” After 1890, Ellen G. Dorius, a polygamous wife of C.C.N. Dorius lived here and today the house is primarily associated with the locally prominent Dorius family.
The David and Evinda Madsen House, constructed in 1900, is a two-story Italianate and Victorian Eclectic style brick residence. The building is locally significant for its association with the development if Ephraim and Sanpete County in the first half of the twentieth century. The David Madsen family played an important role in the development and transformation of Ephraim into a successful and prosperous agricultural and educational community. David Madsen was the son of one of the founders of Ephraim and was prominently involved in Ephraim’s economic development. He was one of the early importers of sheep into the area, a practice which transformed the Sanpete County economy. David also developed several large water sources which stabilized and greatly expanded Sanpete farming and ranching. The Madsen family owned the property until 1989.
Located at 65 N 100 W in Ephraim, Utah.
1955 W 400 N, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Stylistically identical to the Nicholas Building to the west is the smaller complex at 208-210 25th Street. Built in 1908 the simple design features the same brick and transom detailing as the adjoining structure. The building was recently restored in 1985.
Originally, it housed the Famous Clothing Store, the Belmont Rooms, Staple and Fancy Groceries, and Close and Jenkins Victor Cigar Store. The following ad, in 1913, extols the virtues of the Victor Cigar Store: “Lovers of fine tobacco find the Victor Cigar Store always ready to supply them with the brands they like best. This store carries as well selected stock, also the output of their own factory, which was established here five years ago. Their favorite brands are ‘Victor,’ ‘Victor Bouquet,’ ‘Blue Bell,’ ‘La Gusta Clear Havana,’ and other popular brands. Messrs. A.E. Close and George W. Jenkins, the popular proprietors, are among our best known businessmen, and are playing a winning hand in the game of public favor.”
Satisfied Ewe Cafe, 350 N Main Street in Ephraim, Utah.
445 N 900 E in Provo, Utah
441 N 900 E in Provo, Utah