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By Vickie Speek

Pioneer Mormon Stonemason's Home Now Landmark

FRANCIS, UTAH -- The Byron Teancume Mitchell home is a landmark in the Kamas Valley. Although its cornerstones are crumbling and its windows are now boarded, the house is a perfect example of late 19th Century architecture in rural Utah. The home contains elements of the Gothic, Second Empire and Victorian styles that were popular at the time, and is similar to many homes that existed in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Byron Mitchell was the youngest of 58 children born to a Mormon stone mason, Benjamin T. Mitchell and his seven wives. Byron and one of his half brothers, built the four- room home red brick house out of local materials in less than two years. He and his wife, Emeline Anderson, moved into the home in April 1897.

Four of Mitchell's grandchildren, the current owners of the home, are seeking funds to restore it. A dairy barn, a grainery, and a hand-dug well are some of the structures that still remain on the 1.3 acre site. In 1984, the house was placed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.


The Mitchell House looks toward renovation
Park City UT Record 6Mar01 D6
By Karri Dell Hays: The Record Staff


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