Frederick C. Jensen House

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Built in 1891 for Frederick C. Jensen, this multi-gabled, wood0-sided home is one of Utah’s best examples of “Carpenter Gothic” architecture. Its four main gables are enhanced by alternating bands of diagonal and fishscale shingles. The siding was enlivened by make-believe quoins at the corners, simulating those seen in many brick and stone buildings. Two Eastlake Style porches are prominent, with balconies supported by lathe-turned wood columns. The eclectically stylish exterior also features polygonal bay windows with Mansard roofs. A multi-color paint scheme accents some ornamental features of this flamboyant design.

Jensen was a staunch Presbyterian, although his parents were Mormon converts from Denmark, where he was born. Apparently the family was affluent; Frederick’s mother paid for the Atlantic crossings of many poor Danish converts as well their own emigration to Utah in 1862 after the death of Frederick’s father. Jensen was a cabinetmaker par excellence who met the furniture needs of wealthy local sheep owners. His furniture store was considered the finest in the region. He helped organize the Mt. Pleasant Bank and was a sheep owner and wool marketer with a flock of some 5,000 animals. He was active in politics, served on the town council and purchased the town’s first Cadillac in 1909. He gifted his home to Wasatch Academy before his death in 1925.

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2nd West & 2nd South
Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647

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Frederick C. Jensen House