Thursday, May 10, 2012

Silver Row!

Who would have thought there were row houses in Provo?  And these are very early and very adorable row houses!  Called "Silver Row."

This little row of homes is located in the 600W block of 100N in Provo.  

An early photo of the row houses

The List of Landmark Register for Provo describes them:

"These apartments, built about 1890, are an excellent example of early multi-family housing in Utah.  Such row houses, or tenements, were prevalent in the state's larger cities during the nineteenth century and are representative of the lower-income residential architecture of the time.  The original owner, David P. Felt, was a publisher and printer who was born in Salt Lake City in 1860.  After marrying Nora Civish, Felt located briefly to Provo where he had these row apartments built.  In 1893, Felt sold the building to Samuel S. Jones and Henry J. Maiben, two prominent local businessmen.  Maiben lived with his family in one of the dwellings until his death, and his wife and children remained there until the early twenties.  Maiben owned and operated the Maiben Glass and Paint Company and served on the city council in 1888.  All owners of Silver Row since the Maibens have held the property for rental purposes only."

The brickwork and woodwork still have that charm associated with turn-of-the-century architecture.  Notice the carving and curves!  And nice little windows above the doors.  And long skinny ones to either side.  Just charming!

Looking closely, you can see an imprinted inlay in the brick. This one says, "Silver Cottage 3."  The birds probably need to be chased away from this gable and the woodwork fixed.

But I think it is amazing these row houses still stand!  And are still happy little rental "cottages!"  


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