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Penrose Drive modern home, Salt Lake City

This home was built in 1972 and designed by one of Salt Lake City's most prominent and influential mid-century architects, Ed Dreier. Arriving from Zurich in the 40's, he brought his heavily Bauhaus-influenced style from Europe and protégés such as Richard Neutra . Dreier mainly designed residential buildings which shared basic features like large windows, flat roofs and the obvious mix of steel, glass and wood. He preferred building lots with dramatic views and plenty of available light.

Likely saving the it from demolition, the Federal Heights home was purchased for the open living space so common to mid-century architecture. Unfortunately, the home had many structural issues and had to be rewired and re-plumbed as part of the renovation. Not only were all the insides stripped down to the bones, but the exterior support beams had to be replaced because they had shifted so much that some were no longer connected to support the weight of the roof.

Today the house feels completely true to the architecture, yet contemporary and comfortable. The house also has many amenities to make it friendlier to the planet, including energy star appliances and motion sensors on room lights. The landscaping was kept simple to allow more focus on the home.

While none of Dreier's homes are protected by law, it's up toindividual homeowners to purchase, rehabilitate, and showcase these works of art for the rest of us to admire and learn from. In a neighborhood filled with more traditional historic architecture, this rare modern home is a jewel to behold.

Utah Heritage Foundation presented Ron Henriksen with a Heritage Award for rehabilitation of his residence on Penrose Drive.