In 1907, William E. Naylor constructed this Victorian cottage home. With stable brick construction and a sandstone foundation the home was occupied as a single family residence through the 1950s. It was then converted into a duplex with access to an upstairs apartment by way of a rear exterior stairway. By the late 1970s the home had fallen into a state of disrepair and was declared uninhabitable. The windows and door were boarded and the home remained in this condition for over 25 years. Multiple re-development proposals were submitted to the city over the past 15 years, most of which included demolishing the Naylor house, but being located within the locally designated Central City Historic District since 1991 has helped guide the development process toward reuse rather than redevelopment.
In 2007, Sixth and Sixth, LC acquired the property with the intent to rehabilitate and reuse it for multi-tenant office space. The preservation and addition to the building both focused on the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and on the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Requirements for new construction. The careful balance of preservation and sustainability sought not only to quantify the embodied energy of the tons on reinforce brick walls, old growth fir joists, framing and siding but also the cultural and historic value of a Victorian era house that contributes to the Central City neighborhood's heritage.
The result is a comfortable working environment with passive cooled, day lit workspaces that have access to natural ventilation most of the year. To stay efficient the building utilizes the historic masonry's thermal mass to regulate the interior temperature. Lloyd Architects, Evergreen Construction, and Super Top Secret have truly found a new viable use for this turn of the century home.
Utah Heritage Foundation presented the award to Sixth and Sixth, LC with a Heritage Award for the Adaptive Use of the William E. Naylor home.
Project Architect: Lloyd Architects
General Contractor: Evergreene Construction