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Michigan Avenue cottage, Salt Lake City

Built in 1927, this English Cottage is located in the heart of Salt Lake City’s Yalecrest neighborhood. With the neighborhood being one of historic significance but bearing no legal protection, the home’s owner wanted to take extra care in preserving the original historic home while creating new space that will continue to make the home more functional and desirable for our ever evolving way of life.

Along with the rehabilitation of the existing home and garage, two additional structures were added to the rear of the home while achieving two major goals. The first was to closely follow the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the rehabilitation of historic properties, and the second was that the design be drawn from the western vernacular tradition of architecture.

The new additions are clearly distinguishable from the existing structures and are built with contemporary materials. The additions have not only created new indoor space that will be used as an office and library, but have created a natural barrier from the surrounding homes as well, creating a central courtyard. The space is intimate and attractive as an outdoor space creating a small sanctuary in a completely urban setting.

Trying to add a significant amount of additional room in a historic home often threatens the original structure, and is challenging to make it look seamless yet complimentary to the historic building. The use of smaller auxiliary buildings are an alternative solution to the typical larger, attached addition.

Utah Heritage Foundation presented Thomas Carter with a Heritage Award for his compatible addition to his Michigan Avenue cottage.

Project Architect: Meghan Smuin, Prescott Muir Architects