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N.S. Nielson House

179 W Main Street, Mount Pleasant, , 84647 Property Website Dated Posted: June 23, 2014


Circa 1890

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About This Old House

Off-market“They just don’t build homes like this anymore” is the most typical comment made by visitors who tour the N.S. Nielsen home on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Listed as one of only 1693 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in Utah, “this elaborate, Queen Anne style, one-and-one-half-story, brick home was built in 1890 by N.S. Neilson. It is a flamboyant example of Victorian massing and detailing as applied to a cross-wing house plan. The house was built in two stages: the first was completed about 1890 as a single cross-wing house; the second in 1892 creatively combined various new stylistic components such as the round portico, and square Mansard-roofed tower. There are five stained-glass windows, a variety of window and roof types, a formal main entry and classical ornament.
This house has beautifully painted ceilings done by Carl Anderson who painted the Salt Lake City Play House” (Getting Together with Yesterday: A Tour of Sanpete County Historic Buildings by Karen S. Graser, Maxine Hanks, & Allen D. Roberts, p. 44). Other unique features of this historic home include the leather dados similar to those in the Utah Governor’s Mansion, hand-carved banister; doors, doorframes, doorknobs, hinges, and transoms similar to those in the Manti LDS Temple, sterling silver chandeliers in four rooms, and hand-painted marbled archways, hand-laid intricate tiling on three of four porches, among other spectacular features not found in other homes of this era. Having been owned by only five families, this 123-year old home has not been subject to the trendy fads of the 60s and 70s. Step into this house and you step back in time, but are welcomed with modern conveniences such as four full bathrooms – one with a jetted tub – double-paned windows, screened doors, large environmentally-controlled atrium, updated kitchen, new roof, and many other features.
Complementing the main structure of the home is a large 4-car garage (one bay accommodates a recreational vehicle). Atop the garage is a large recreation room equipped with a golf driving/putting range and pool table. Abundant storage areas line the length of the garage. It can be converted to an income-producing apartment or mother-in-law accommodations. The out-building, what is presumed to have been the summer kitchen, has three rooms and is currently used for a shop and large item storage; the root cellar is used for storage of food such as apricot jam made from the abundance of the two apricot trees on the property. The large Western Sycamore tree in the front yard is the only one of its type in all of Sanpete County, and children frolic in the leaves and on the tire swing which hangs from its branches. This home with its historic features combined with modern upgrades is a dream come true to lovers of early Utah history, exquisite architecture, modern conveniences, and quiet, country living. For several years, the N. S. Nielsen home was operated as a Bed & Breakfast as the “Main Street Inn.”
This home is a beautiful example of Victorian eclecticism from the late 1800s. Many features in this house are absolutely outstanding and beautifully preserved such as the painted ceilings, leather dados, sterling silver chandeliers, door transoms, and tiled porches. The thick walls insulate the home well in the winter and in the summer, and the atrium is a perfect place to watch the snow fall while keeping warm by the wood-burning stove. Or, sit in the gazebo during the spring, summer, and fall enjoying the peaceful surroundings of the neighborhood.

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