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Property Name Wilkinson, Joseph and Margaret, House
Reference Number 13000843
State Utah
County Utah
Town Orem
Street Address 318 South 800 West
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic and Architectural Resources of Orem , Utah
Status Listed 10/16/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, AGRICULTURE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000843.pdf
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The Joseph and Margaret Wilkinson House, constructed in 1903, is significant under Criteria A and C. Under criterion A it is locally significant under the area of agriculture for its association with the Settlement and Agricultural Expansion: Mid-1870s-1913 and the Establishment of Orem: 1914-1941 categories of the Historic and Architectural Resources of Orem, Utah, Multiple Property Submission. The early establishment and growth of Orem was based on agriculture, particularly fruit orchards and farms. The original owner of the house, Joseph Wilkinson, was raised on a farm in East Millcreek, Salt Lake County, but followed his mother when she moved to Utah County and established a family farm on Provo Bench (as Orem was originally known) in 1900. Like most early settlers of Orem, Joseph became involved in the fruit-growing industry and had cherry and apple orchards, along with raspberry and dewberry fields, among many other crops. The Wilkinson House is a fine representative example of the home of a successful farmer and fruit grower in Orem during a period of agricultural expansion and prosperity in the early 1900s. The house is also significant under criteria C as an excellent example of Victorian architecture in Orem. Early houses in the community were quite utilitarian, but as the agricultural economy flourished, national stylistic trends such as Victorianism influenced local architecture to a degree. Constructed of brick, the house features original stained-brick trim detailing, and is the only known example of this in the area. Placed in the context of a primarily agricultural landscape with fairly modest architecture, the Wilkinson House reflects the waning Victorian influence, though on a modest scale compared to larger, more-established urban areas, as was typical of the fledgling farming community. The house retains its architectural integrity and is an important contributing resource in a city that has lost many historic buildings and farmland to heavy building development in the last twenty years.

 

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