In 1912, Louis D. Farnsworth designed and built the mansion at 1354 E. South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. His father Louis Henderson Farnsworth was vice president of Walker Bank before being appointed as chairman of the board.
The solid craftsman-style residence was built with the finest materials at the time, including custom stained glass windows throughout. Although it appears Louis D. lived in the home for only a few years, the property stayed in the family until 1941, when it passed through a handful of owners for the next half-century.
When Bob and Dinah Ihle purchased the home in 1994, it was in disrepair. But upon entering it, Dinah fell in love with its majesty. Bob, an engineer by trade, and Dinah, a glassworks artist, pooled their skills to meticulously restore the home’s original features while seamlessly blending in modern updates.
“It has been a labor of love,” says Bob, who admits that the 20-year long restoration project was frequently more of a hobby than a necessity.
One of the larger projects involved removing the maid’s stairwell to expand the kitchen, where they added high-end appliances, custom cabinetry, hand-scraped wood floors, a spacious hidden pantry and exquisite granite counters that extend to a round table that’s just the right size for casual family dining. Dinah added artistic flare to the space with her own copper-infused tilework for a counter backsplash and iridescent weaved glass in the wine cabinet. She also crafted the light fixture and basin in the powder room. The kitchen, as well as a round sunroom off the formal dining room, both walk out to a spacious two-tiered deck with barbeque grill, sitting area and hot tub. Dinah added colored light fixtures near the hot tub and a paver stone walkway leads to a lighted water feature.
The couple intricately restored the lock mechanism and copper weather strip of the original extra-wide front door, a one-of-a-kind gem that takes you in from the covered front porch to the formal living and dining rooms, where all of the original millwork, gumwood moldings and fireplace have been meticulously restored to a rich splendor. The hand-carved wooden stairwell, also near the entry, features a landing with a sitting area and priceless stained glass window.
In the master bathroom, the original intricately carved marble counter with dual sinks was restored, and other original marble from the home was repurposed for the heated floors. Located on the second level, the master also features custom lighting and two spacious walk-in closets. On this level there are two additional spacious bedrooms with ample closet space, another bathroom and a smaller room used as an office.
Up a curved staircase is a large room with three arched windows on the third floor that was originally used as the maid’s quarters, but the Ihles converted it into a family room that walks out to a private porch complete with a $15,000 industrial-grade membrane.
The basement features an original rock fireplace, kitchenette and additional bedroom. Don’t miss the hidden play space under the deck, which is accessible from what used to be a boiler room. Last fall, Bob, with the help of four other men, dismantled the 150-gallon cast-iron boiler that used to fill up the utility room and replaced it with a modern furnace and hot water heater.
Ideally located on the quiet part of South Temple near the University of Utah and downtown, the property provides great access to shopping destinations or the office. And outdoor recreation is also minutes away – locally at Bonneville Shoreline and City Creek Canyon trails – or by freeway to Park City or the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.
Dinah says her favorite thing about the home is that “it’s perfect for entertaining.” The home’s formal and informal living spaces are suited for family gatherings or parties with friends and neighbors.
And Friday, February 10 from 4-7 p.m. will be an evening of entertainment at 1354 E South Temple, which is presently on the market for $1,000,000. Independent Sales Associate Janet Marshall of the Coldwell Banker Salt Lake-Avenues office is holding an open house coupled with an art exhibit. Tour this incredible home while viewing the art of three Salt Lake artists. Enjoy architecture, art, live music, light refreshment and spirits. Here is information about each of the artists:
PAUL BORUFF, an oil painter and musician, enjoys using encaustics for his impressionist landscape paintings, a technique where beeswax is heated, mixed with pigment and applied to the canvas. He is inspired from the grandeur of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and the desert lands of his native Arizona. Paul has performed in Utah for decades. He will be performing with his acoustic guitar at the open house.
SALLY NEILSON’s lively visual arts involve splashes of vibrant color and playful subjects such as jungle animals. She is an illustrator, painter and sculptor with a forte in oils, oil pastels, acrylics and mixed media sculpture. Sally is currently illustrating her first children’s book called “Jungle Sleep.” Sally is also an actor, acrobat and fire spinning specialist and has previously engaged in cliff diving, stunt work and trapezing.
JAMIE LOVE works primarily in watercolors and oils but also experiments with other mediums and materials. She is inspired by simple graphic images discovered from her world travels and in her own back yard. Studying Graphic Design at Utah State, she has used art in her career as a television station Art Director and in her own design business. Jamie also is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Go to her website at www.jamieloveartdesign.com.
ANA FLORES-SAHAGÚN is a furniture crafter and full-time Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Ana rescues objects that she can transform into one-of-a-kind, functional pieces for the home or office. Her furniture reflects her love of industrial and natural elements, and draws upon her visual art training and work as a graphic designer for architects. She is inspired by 20th century international designers and a two-year hiatus studying and working in Mexico.
1354 E South Temple St S is priced at $1,000,000 and listed by Janet Marshall of Coldwell Banker Salt Lake-Avenues office.