Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Butterfly::Springville


UPDATE:: This home is now FOR SALE! Contact me if you're interested in keeping or restoring this home: jetset dot azucar at gmail dot com. Good neighborhood, incredible views.



A first for MCM Utah--a home in Springville.


I rarely get down to Art City, but on an evening trip a couple weeks ago I noticed an amazing MCM home. As I drove around the neighborhoods, even more houses popped out at me. I decided I needed to go back during the day to snap a few pictures. Around that time a friend told me that I'd love a Springville home that is in her family. We went to check it out one fine morning, and what a find!

Yes, that's a residential butterfly roof. Incredibly lovely.


The house is a neutral colored brick, with barn red siding, and mint trim. I love the graduated windows and the use of the lot.

You can see both a garage (in mint/aqua) and a carport. The driveway slopes slightly down from the street, taking advantage of the lot. Notice the small windows on the western facade. These days we'd probably put large windows in their place, but in the late 50s, when this house was built, smaller windows on an exposed western side would have provided better energy efficiency. The plants must be original as well. Those yuccas were probably planted to give the house the Palm Springs feel. In fact, all of the plants are period--what a trip!

I'm entirely enchanted by this house--which my friend assures me is mostly vintage condition minus an 80s kitchen remodel) Whoever placed the house did so to echo and frame the mountains behind the home.

I don't know what it is about a butterfly roof, but they just enchant me.


27 comments:

M said...

Ooh, you got the echo/frame mountain idea exactly! I have to have that kind of thing pointed out to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. --Emily

Tiffany UnTwisted said...

so is it for sale, and would you drive THAT far? if the answer is yes, shocking!!

The Flyswatter said...
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Azúcar said...

It is NOT for sale, but it's lovely to look at, no?

Oh, Flyswatter, that is so SAD. I'm sure it will be some stupid traditional/tuscan cross that makes me grimace at the shame. People just don't get it.

Tamsin said...

So glad you posted this! my husband and I have our little hearts set on a MCM house in Springville for our next home. There are lots of great ones up towards the east bench.

Rynell said...

That is one cool house.

I need to find something that nifty that is for sale.

Heidi said...

One word: MECCA.

I love Mid-Century Modern, and I love Utah, and I love blogs that combine the two.

Thank you ever so!

Michelle said...

That is an incredible MCM home. There are lots here in El Paso and priced so well. I actually have my eye on one in Oak Hills and know the family personally, we're acting as vultures for the next year or so when the family finally decides to sell- it will be our "investment" till we can move back to Provo. If that plan fails I need to look into Springville, in some ways Springville is a good option, it's like Provo in the '70's or '80's.

Amy said...

I love it but what I like even more is the backdrop of scenery behind it.

Fine Twined said...

Hoping for a picture of the new place! (don't worry, we've left Provo and are FAR!)

Murray Terreno di Amore said...

I just found a new favorite blog. Finally, someone gets why I choose to live in Springville.

Melanie K said...

Whereabouts it it? I want to go check it out. i live right by the one off Timpview. We've been working hard on it! Drive by sometime!

Melanie K said...

Rynell I'm a realtor here local. If you really want something like this I'd love to help. check my site www.melaniekomenkul.com

Murray Terreno di Amore said...

Did I mention that I am in awe of you for letting me know through this blog that this home exist in the very world in which I live?

Just wanted to make that clear.

Melanie K said...

Hi Azucar,
I got the chance to go tour the home in Springville last week. It is amazing!!! Even better than I had hoped. It's great to find people here who appreciate vintage homes and things in general. I think it's a relatively rare bunch. especialy in Utah County. There are tons of great homes here. We just need more people to appreciate them and restore them!! Would you like to meet up for lunch sometime??

Melanie K said...

Flyswatter I checked out 1266 Cedar on the MLS. It is awesome and a good price to for the area. Too bad I have pics if anyone wants to see it.

pamela said...
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pamela said...

i am a first timer to your blog and i love it. incidentally, we just this past week were very close to buying a lot in farmington. we intended to build a mid century modern butterfly roof home on it. we asked feedback from the neighbors.....and they hated it. they said it looked "trashy", "cheap", and said it may bring down their property value. we nixed the idea. we'll be looking elsewhere, i guess. davis county can be frustrating. anyhow, thank you for your efforts on this blog, i love it.

andrea said...

You've probably seen this, but:
http://jezebel.com/5442929/yearbook-69-attack-of-the-futurist-christians/gallery/?skyline=true&s=x

And you should update! One of the things I loved about Utah Valley was the MCM.

Meredith said...

I lived in Springville when first married. We lived down the street from Hogi Yogi but I can't remember the street number. We lived in the 3rd floor MCM addition to a 1920's (or so) apartment building that had previously been a Presbyterian church dormitory, from what I understand. WE had it all, including pink bathroom fixtures, in our 3 room little apartment. And then we had hornets. So we had to move. To a 1970's (I am guessing) era four-plex. But I had a washer and dryer so I was happy.

Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN} said...

Oh my word, how have I not stumbled on here before? And how did I miss that you are a mid-century freak, too? Love it.

If you come to San Diego for Blogher (which you'd better) I will take you on a tour of the SoCal Eichler homes. To die for.

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

Great house! And great blog! I hope you keep updating it :)

Christa Pirl Interiors said...

Love to see a fellow modern design lover in Utah! I like a twist on modern, but love others who appreciate the classics! Looking forward to following from now on!

Claudia said...

I am part owner of this home and not sure how to reach you to get permission to use your photos in a KSL.com add. If you have any objections at all, I will be happy to removed the photos. Thank you.

Azúcar said...

Go ahead, Claudia! Just make sure someone makes that home a good home.

MMM&M said...

I wish you were still updating this blog!!! LOVE mid-century!

Ruby Ricks said...

Is this house really for sale? I have had my eye on it for a long time. Please contact me if it is. rubyaricks@gmail.com