D’Ann Andersen and her now-late husband John obtained the 2-story, flat-roofed Avenues residence at 770 Northcrest Drive in 1984 from D’Ann’s in-laws, Waldo and Lucy Andersen. The home was designed by prominent Utah architect Ralph A. Edwards of Edwards & Daniels Architects. Edwards, fresh out of college in California, returned home (two houses away from this one) and was commissioned by the Andersens to design them a new home.
Built in 1956, this house flaunts its mid-century modern architectural elements typical to modern homes of this era. Seemingly and literally unchanged for 58 years, nearly all the original features remain intact. Some of those features include: exposed beams and wood ceiling, boomerang-patterned Formica countertops, plain-front mahogany cabinets, globe lighting, a double-sided milk drop that opens from both sides, a garbage chute to a basement incinerator (unused now of course), and a built-in fold-down desk.
Entering the living room where all woodwork is original, a floating terrazzo fireplace takes center stage until the floor-to-ceiling wall of windows reveals a view of the entire Salt Lake Valley. True to mid-century modernism, the outdoors serves as the focal point. Without a doubt, this home’s exterior highlights this. Deep roof overhangs emphasize the horizontal lines that focus on the home’s main feature: an expansive 180-degree valley view—from the Great Salt Lake on the west to the Wasatch Front Mountains on the east. A south-facing upstairs deck spans the entire length of the home and wraps around the west side.
All this isn’t to say that the Andersens haven’t also meticulously maintained the electrical and mechanical systems of this home with regular maintenance and several major upgrades. The house and Lucy Andersen’s gardens still provide great memories for all the family. All this proves D’Ann Andersen is stewarding her family’s architectural legacy; one that shouldn’t be forgotten.