Edmund O. Wattis was an important figure in Utah state history as the owner of Utah Construction Company, one of the largest contracting firms in the American West. Wattis' expertise in engineering combined with a design by local architects Leslie S. Hodgson and Eber F. Piers is part of the reason why the Wattis House represents one of the finest examples of Prairie Style architecture in the state.
In 2004, the home was purchased by four descendants of E.O. Wattis who realized that it was truly a diamond in the rough. The previous owner had lived there for over 40 years and provided minimal maintenance and repair to the home. With little being done to the home for over four decades, this meant there was a lot of work to be done, but it also meant that the home had maintained its original features including the woodwork, stained-glass windows, and the icebox.
New heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems were installed. Original wood trim, hardwood flooring, and windows have been refinished. New wall coverings were installed to be period appropriate and much was done to carry the Prairie style theme throughout the house. With the Wattis home standing at the apex of Eccles Avenue Historic District in Ogden, it was imperative to the descendants that the home was meticulously restored and not lose its historic character. It is once again a place for family gatherings.
Utah Heritage Foundation presented the award to Edmund Littlefield, Denise Sobel, Paul Wattis Jr., and Paul Wattis III.
Project Architect: Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates