3 Common Architecture Styles in Utah

Do you drive around town looking at houses and wonder more about the cute cottage or classic Victorian? Utah’s housing boasts a variety of architectural styles from Pioneer to Post-War Modern. Following are three common styles arranged by period. The next time you are driving around your neighborhood you will not only be able to spot these styles but know more about their history as well.jessica-furtney-244838-unsplash

  • Pioneer

About the Pioneer Style:

The Pioneer Style was based on early Greek, Roman and English architecture. Often, the houses built in the Pioneer style indicated to others that the owner was wealthy. This style was prevalent in the United States during mid-nineteenth century. These houses feel formal and somber.

Common styles of the Pioneer Period include Federal, Georgian and Greek Revival.

Pioneer style in Utah:

Mormon settlers brought the Pioneer styles to Utah. As such, the living conditions in Utah were more humble than other places in the country and the houses were smaller and simpler as well.

Defining Characteristics:

Pioneer style houses feel stretched out due to their rectangular shape. The front door is usually in the middle of the front of the house with evenly spaced windows on each side.

  • Victorian

About the Victorian Style:

During the late nineteenth century, people came to view the Pioneer styles as artificial and unnatural. They thought that Victorian styles were more natural and honest. The Victorian architecture focused on displaying high craftsmanship through using textures and forms of the materials.

Common styles of the Victorian Period include Queen Anne, Shingle, Eastlake, Victorian Gothic, Stick and Victorian Eclectic.

Victorian style in Utah:

In Utah, the Victorian styles first appeared in Salt Lake City and later spread in popularity to the rural areas. The growth of the Victorian styles in Utah coincided with periods of great economic and population growth.

Defining Characteristics:

Victorian styles feel stretched upward with towers and turrets that point to the sky. In contrast to the Pioneer styles, Victorian houses were asymmetrical with irregular lines and lots of curves and angles.

  • Early Twentieth Century

About the Early Twentieth Style:

At the turn of the twentieth century, Victorian styles were out as people started to see them as ungainly and old-fashioned. The less ornamented, simple and informal early twentieth century styles were now in.

Common styles of the Early Twentieth Century Period include Bungalow, Arts and Crafts and Prairie School.

Early Twentieth style in Utah:

As the population grew in Utah, communities began to accommodate the growth with smaller house lots and in turn, smaller houses. Thus began the era of the Bungalow. Architects from Chicago began specializing in the early twentieth century styles in Salt Lake City and Ogden between 1910 and 1920.

Defining Characteristics:

Although the houses are small, they are low to the ground making them feel stretched out. You can find both symmetrical and asymmetrical designs in Utah. They are often