Over the last several years, I've been noticing old homes in desirable areas being scraped so that new little moderns can spring up in their place. This isn't just a modern phenomenon, however. This also happened back in 1954, when the original owners of this home wanted to relocate to the high Aves because, well, it was the happening place to beÃ¢â‚¬â€œmuch like it still is today. They tore down a 1904 home, leaving only the foundation in place, in order to construct this modern Norwegian marvel. Jan B. Johannessen designed this home to take advantage of the site, with a most perfectly placed overhang that keeps the sun out during the high heat of summer, while allowing it in to warm the public spaces in the dead of winter. This home is yet another shining example of early modernism in Salt Lake City. The current owner is the son of the original owners, and this was his proud childhood home. Owing to his credit, is the second major overhaul of the home. He owned Arendal Kitchen Design at the time (note the drop-dead-gorgeous gourmet kitchen with stainless steel counter-tops), and the kitchen was outfitted with the best of the best. The luscious honey toned wood paneling on the main floor is so rich in texture, it looks like a series of topographical maps. With their bark-like texture, these walls bring the natural world in, as do the floor-to-ceiling windows. The rugged stone fireplace is no exception. It is sure to warm your heart as much as it warms the home, with its classic Norwegian design; a cozier nook for reading never was. Between the wood beams, shed roof-line, and all the warmth-inspiring wood built-ins and bookshelves, the Norwegian designer was able to transport the owners back to a distant place by the sea. This home reminds us that where we come from is just as integral as where we're going, and what we're building with an eye to the future
Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage-Salt Lake.