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Faces and Places July

Jun 22, 2017 04:28PM ● By Natalie Mollinet

Leo Fairbanks House located at 1228 Bryan Ave.

By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com

Henry A. and Tile S. Cohn House: Built in 1917, the California Bungalow-style home was built for Henry Cohn, a businessman who immigrated from Germany to Salt Lake City in 1869. He was a businessman for many years, and in 1914, was the Taft elector who carried the Utah vote to Washington, D.C. He and his wife only lived in the home but those who lived in it after worked to preserve the home. The exterior of the home remained unaltered and the interior has maintained its historic integrity. The home has seven rooms including two bedrooms and a sunroom. The home was built by brothers Clark and Earl Dunshee. The bungalow was modeled after a home built in California by Arthur J. Heinneman. The historic significance of the home comes from its California influenced style from just after the turn of the century. According to historians, it may be one of the only eight homes in the U.S. to have this design. The home is located at 1369 E. Westminster Ave.

J. Leo Fairbanks House: This home is located at 1228 Bryan Ave. and was built in 1908.  Few modifications have been done to the gambrel roofed Colonial Revival home. The style was popular in Salt Lake City in the early 20th century, but the home is the only house associated with J. Leo Fairbanks and his father John B. Fairbanks both who contributed to Utah’s art scene. Leo was responsible for designing the home. The father and son became known for their religious murals in LDS temples. John studied art in Paris and painted the murals in the St. George, Mesa, Ariz. and Salt Lake City temples. Leo later helped restore the mural in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in the home for a period of time and used some of the second-story rooms as home studios. They sold the home in 1925 and since only two other families have owned it.

Question: If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self to do first?

Jennifer Prescott: Buy the Barbie Dream House I never got.
Rosalina Armstrong: Um, probably freak out. I have a big belly with an “alien” inside.