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Sugar House Journal

May: Faces and Places

May 08, 2017 09h58 ● By Natalie Mollinet

Sugar House LDS Ward Building

By Natalie Mollinet | [email protected]

What awesome places can you find in Sugar House? And what compliments have these faces in the area received from friends and family? Take a look at the faces and places in Sugar House.


George Arbuckle House: Looking at this home in Sugar House, you can see why it’s under the Utah National Register, with its Gothic Revival design, gables and the double doors that creates a beautiful home. The alleged builder behind the home was a Scottish immigrant named George Arbuckle, who in February 1890, purchased the property from his employer for $500. When he bought the property, he described the territory around his home in an interview recorded in “Tales of a Triumphant People,” as, “all farming country, and there were very few houses. I drove up Seventh East with my family and had a cow tied behind the buggy.” Arbuckle, in 1909, was made bishop of the LDS Emerson Ward in the Granite Stake and held that calling for 11 years. The home still stands in the Sugar House neighborhood, located at 747 East and 1700 South. The home has had several owners since Arbuckle and even though the interior of the home has changed, the exterior remains almost the same as it did in 1890.

Sugar House LDS Ward Building: Sitting behind Westminster College at 1950 South and 1200 East, the Sugar House LDS Ward Building has been a part of the community since 1924. The two-story red brick building was designed by Joseph Don Carlos Young and is built in a U shape, consisting of two parallel wings and a single-story open colonnaded portico connecting them. The building is also significant in that it is an example of the architectural styles and customs the LDS church had in the early 20th century, that some critics describe as the “golden age” of LDS church architecture. Even though the building is eligible to be on the National Register for Historic Sites, it is not listed.

FACES: What is the greatest compliment you have received?

Ariel Boyakin: At Highland, Mr. Chenworth really liked me. He was teaching his trigonometry class and he was going over the degrees of a triangle, saying not matter what, a triangle would always be 180 degrees from all the angels added up. I then asked, if it’s always 180 degrees, aren’t lines just flattened triangles? His widened eyes, smile, little chuckle and nod after was all the compliment I needed. I was a cool nerd at that moment.

Monica Reyes: When I’m out at bars and girls come up to you and call you gorgeous. Coming from a girl, it means everything because nowadays, girls aren’t really nice.

Jessica Rogers: Someone told me once that I had a smile that could light up all the dark places in the world… I had no words to respond. It’s always stuck with me.