National Register of Historic Places in Salt Lake County

National Register #05000593: Butler-Wallin House in Salt Lake City
18 June 2011
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National Register #05000593
Butler-Wallin House
1045 East 4500 South
Salt Lake City
Built 1928-1929

An interpretive plaque from the Utah Division of State History is mounted near the street:

Butler/Wallin House

This house, built in 1928-1929, is a one-and-a-half-story Period Revival-style residence.

Significant for its association with the agricultural and suburban development of central Salt Lake County, the Butler-Wallin House was originally built as the showpiece of a 35-acre farm. Although the farm acreage land was sold for residential development between the 1950s and 1980s, the house remains a distinctive reminder of the neighborhood's agricultural heritage.

The Butler-Wallin House is a rare example of a farmhouse that represents a subset of second-generation Salt Lake City residents. Commonly referred to as the "gentlemen" farmers, these were prosperous businessmen, who like Robert Butler and Alvin G. Wallin, kept their in-town jobs while maintaining suburban farms for hobby, experimentation, and educational purposes. It is the only substantial Period Revival-style frame house in the area, and its beautiful architecture and lush landscaping made it a popular venue for weddings, receptions, and other social events during the historic period.

The Butler-Wallin House and landscape contribute to the historic resources of its Salt Lake County neighborhood.

Marker placed in 2005

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