A Modest Homestead: Life in Small Adobe Homes in Salt Lake City, 1850-1897 (Paperback)
  • A Modest Homestead: Life in Small Adobe Homes in Salt Lake City, 1850-1897 (Paperback)

A Modest Homestead: Life in Small Adobe Homes in Salt Lake City, 1850-1897 (Paperback)

Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 28/02/2017
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Stories of the ordinary people who helped build Salt Lake City emerge from a study of their often humble adobe houses. Rather than focusing on men and women in positions of power and influence, the emphasis here is on the lives of people who built their sturdy, simple homes from mud.

A Modest Homestead provides architectural descriptions of ninety-four extant adobe houses. They are as basic as the people who built them-small tradesmen and farmers, laborers and domestics. Author Laurie Bryant discusses the neighbourhoods in Salt Lake City where adobe houses have survived, often much renovated and disguised, and she showcases the houses not just as they appear today but as they were originally built. Almost all the houses now have additions and improvements, and without some dissection they are not always recognisable, often being both more comfortable and pleasant than might have been the case in the nineteenth century. What emerges through Bryant's research is an enlarged picture of the roughhewn life of many early Utahns. Includes 120 historic and contemporary photographs.

Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781607815259
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm


"An avocational architectural historian has put together a substantive and data-rich volume that deserves celebration. The author conveys her passion for the topic, which is as much about the 'little person' as it is about their house."
--Christopher W. Merritt, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Utah Division of State History

"The author is a meticulous and creative researcher. She clearly has left no stone unturned."
--Martha S. Bradley, author of Kidnapped from that Land: The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists

"This book introduces the reader, and potential future researchers, to the use of adobe brick in Salt Lake City in an engaging manner that will be useful for a variety of people who follow Utah history. In and of itself, A Modest Homestead encompasses a rich array of information on the early pioneer families that will serve as a starting point for other researchers, and the methodology and resources Bryant employed will provide a precedent for similar histories in other communities."
--Utah Historical Review
"Collectively the broad sweep [of the book] gives the reader a fair understanding of the bevy of challenges and hardships these 'common' early settlers endured as they faced marital issues, mental illnesses, and unemployment, and legal battles. The book is well researched and documented and is an important source in simply identifying these structures."
--Western Historical Quarterly

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