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