Provo’s oldest home slated for demolition

PROVO, Utah — What historians believe is the oldest surviving home in Provo, a 160-year-old adobe brick structure that’s hidden beneath a contemporary remodel, could soon be the casualty of a church parking lot expansion.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wasn’t aware until recently that the modern-looking house it purchased last year was apparently built in 1853 and belonged to an early church leader, Bishop James Loveless. The church has pushed the demolition date back from October to June, and offered to donate $10,000 toward a possible relocation.

“That takes it off the hot plate a bit,” said Steve Nelson, “mayor” of Provo Pioneer Village, in an interview with The Daily Herald.

It was historian Robert Carter that first recognized what the house was, based on a 1930s written history found in Brigham Young University’s special collections. The walls — which are shorter and thinner than adobe homes built a decade later — led him to believe that it was an original from 1853.


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