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333 North Main, Salt Lake City



When Robert and Martha Evans first walked through the 1922 Craftsman house located at 333 North Main, they noticed the gorgeous front door-a beautiful, oak door complete with beveled glass and original hardware. But beyond that, the house was universally marked by total disrepair. To some it seemed a disaster, to the Evans it was a building worth saving.

Hidden surprises included mosaic tile under entrance hall carpet, subway tile on the main floor bathroom walls underneath 1970s wood paneling and on the floors throughout the house, beautiful quarter sawn oak flooring, a built-n book case and oak moldings under layers and layers of varnish, paint or decades of dirt.

Owner Robert Evans and his friend Richardo Bustillos did all the major restoration work themselves with the help of other family members. Most of the 1950s ‘upgrade' windows in the house were replaced with wood windows that are more appropriate for the original design. Though some original windows were carefully restored where possible. Every attempt was made in this restoration to make sustainable or green choices in the selection of new materials or the preservation of historic building materials. A compatible addition to the house-a two car garage with a patio on top, opens this historic house to the view to the west.

The Evans feel there is something valuable and irreplaceable in the experience of saving a historic property. By choosing to move to this historic neighborhood, they helped a house emerge as a great example of preservation with its original beauty intact.