Located in the heart of the Federal Heights Neighborhood, this Prairie Style house was built in 1920 by Howard J. McKean, president of H.J. McKean, Inc., Building Construction and Home Builders. It only seems fitting that 90 years later, the home's owner and restoration contractor is also the president of a building construction firm. Jack Livingood, president of Big-D Construction, and his wife Jodi took on this extensive project as stewards of preservation.
Over the years, the west side of the home had settled several inches, cracking the masonry. An incompatible addition at the rear, adjustments to the original floor plan, and removal of character defining details all contributed to this Prairie home losing some of its luster. To reverse this trend, the windows, floors, fireplaces, trim, beams, central staircase, cabinetry, casework, fixtures, and finishes have all been restored or designed and built with accurate Prairie style detailing. The project also entailed a full upgrade of the structural, mechanical and electrical systems. And that crack in the west façade, it got repaired immaculately.
The style of the home permeates consistently through the interior and exterior, including the re-designed addition. A newly constructed garage ties in flawlessly to the home and surrounding spaces. The finest materials and craftsmanship are evident from the copper gutters, to the fireplace tiles, the stained wood flooring and wood trim, and the geometric patterns of the windows, staircase, and kitchen cabinets. With interior Mission style accents in the carpets, art, and furnishings of the home, it is truly unrivaled by other homes of this distinguished style.
Utah Heritage Foundation presented Jack and Jodi Livingood with a Heritage Award for the Stewardship of the Howard J. McKean home.
Project Architect: Allen Roberts, AIA, CRSA
General Contractor: Big-D Construction