Evolution of a Lost House

35 South 500 East in 1936.

35 South 500 East in 1936. Image from Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards.

The house that used to occupy 35 South 500 East was built circa 1876, with a rear addition added in 1896 and a remodel completed in 1938.  The Tax Appraisal Card below shows many of the features of the house, and some of the changes that the building experienced during its existence.

35 South 500 East. Tax Appraisal Card from 1936.

35 South 500 East. Tax Appraisal Card from 1936.

The back of the 1936 Tax Appraisal Card  shows a plot plan drawing for the residence. This plan indicates the date that each section of the house was built, and provides details about the beautiful two story front porch.

35 South 500 East. Plot plan drawing of residence in 1936.

35 South 500 East. Plot plan drawing of residence in 1936.

For many years this house was owned by the Woodwards, including Mattie S. Woodward and her daughter, Lillian Woodward.  Mattie Woodward was a daughter of Orson Spencer, a prominent LDS Church member and first chancellor of the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah).  35 South 500 East served as a center of Salt Lake society, hosting weddings, teas, and many other social events through the years, including a large birthday party held for Mrs. Mattie Woodward in 1941.

Salt Lake Telegram, 1941-01-30.

Salt Lake Telegram, 1941-01-30.

Mattie Spencer Woodward was a “belle” of the 1860s, and her husband Samuel Woodward was a prominent merchant.

The house was removed in 1956, and a medical building constructed in its place.

35 So 500 E receipt004

Sources:

Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, 35 South 500 East, serial 2-3264. Salt Lake County Archives. 

“Party for Mrs. Mattie Woodward is Smart Social Highlight,” Salt Lake Telegram, 1941-01-30.  Accessed via Utah Digital Newspapers.

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2 Responses to Evolution of a Lost House

  1. Scorpy2 says:

    Thank You, nice to see Antique , perhaps some one will start up builders designs like these.

  2. Yet another great post from you folks at SL Co Archives. It’s not just for tax photos.

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