A walk through SLC’s University Historic District

A couple weeks ago Lonnie and I went to Salt Lake City to celebrate our anniversary and to see An American in Paris at the new Eccles Theater. While I was disappointed that the show was nothing at all like the movie, the trip overall was a treat. The weather was beautiful, so we took a walk in the historic University District, and I kept snapping photos. Here are a few of the beauties and a little commentary on their best features:

I’m obsessed with the color of this house. A closer-up view below shows the haint-blue porch ceiling—similar to the siding but more blue. 

Exposed rafter tails and interesting corbels on the pillars

Not all walkways have to be cement! This flagstone one is rad. 

Interesting address numbers in Art Deco style (above and below)

Pretty landscaping that doesn’t cover the windows


Leaded-glass windows and a crazy-steep roofline straight out of a storybook

A little touch of black is always good—makes the third story stand out. 

Another beautiful walkway, this one flanked in boxwoods

And if you’re going to live in one of these houses, you better be driving the cutest bike on earth. Notice the row of arbors leading to the back yard too.

Old houses almost always come with features that ooze character, but the really great thing is that new houses can be built with these too. This is always an additional cost, but it is so worth it.

Last week at a flea market in Pocatello, I saw the most amazing vintage corbels that cost $98 for a pair. They would be perfect for holding up a mantel or acting as brackets for a desk in a small space. But if you can’t find antique corbels, find a craftsman who can build some, or buy them online. Even if they’re new, unique details will make your home feel more thought out and special.

If you’re ever in Salt Lake and have time to drive through a historic district, the city has a website with descriptions and a map for its eight districts. You will not be disappointed. •

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