Jens Peter Carlson House


This one and one half story Victorian Eclectic cross-wing house is noteworthy for the craftsmanship of its ashlar stone masonry. Local tradition suggests the house was something of a showcase for Jens (John) Peter Carlson’s (1848-1927)considerable talents as a stone mason and that its construction precipitated a rivalry between Carlson and his neighbor Judge Jacob Johnson. Supposedly Johnson hired a Salt Lake firm to design and build his Victorian addition. Carlson was appalled at the quality of the stonework and he told Johnson that he would show him how a stone house should be built. Carlson gained his experience on the building of the Manti Temple, the Spring City LDS chapel and numerous stone buildings in and around Spring City. Work on Carlson’s house began in 1896 and he labored on it for the next eight years to house his two wives and eighteen children. Carlson died before he could finish his showpiece and the family hired a carpenter to finish the attic story in wood and roof the house.

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350 South 100 West
Spring City, UT 84662



Jens Peter Carlson House