Annie Clark Tanner Rental

Annie Clark Tanner Rental House
Annie Clark Tanner Rental House - 269 West State

National Register's Architecture Description

Built over time during the first half of the 1900s, this small cottage is unique to the district. The front portion of the home was constructed in ca.1912 by Annie Clark Tanner to be used as a rental property. This section has a hipped roof and moderate eaves slightly reminiscent of the Bungalow style. The front gable porch cover with its battered columns reflects a vernacular example of the Arts & Crafts style. This front section of the home is clad in wooden drop siding (also known as novelty siding) and a stone foundation. A small addition was constructed on the rear of the building during the early-1990s. This addition was either replaced or subsumed by a larger addition constructed on the rear elevation between 2018 and 2019. The additions are clad in modern horizontal plank siding and are sufficiently different from the original front portion of the home as to leave the front section distinguishable as dating to the early-1900s.


Annie Clark Tanner was the only female child of Mormon pioneer Ezra T. Clark to build a home in the district. She built the home at 291 West State and this home next door as a rental. In her autobiography, A Mormon Mother, Annie wrote that she acted as general contractor, a rather unusual circumstance for a woman at that time. She was the oldest daughter and second child of 10 in the family of Ezra T. Clark's second wife in polygamy, Susan Leggett.

Annie's polygamous husband, Joseph Marion Tanner, squandered most of her inheritance and left her destitute in 1913 with eight children (two died in early childhood). Joseph Tanner asked her to sell her home at 291 West State to help finance his farm in Canada, but she refused. She built this rental house next door and rented rooms in the main house to famous orchestra musicians employed at Lagoon. She worked for neighbors - washing, scrubbing floors for 15 cents an hour to help her children to receive an education. Six of her children received a college education, including O.C. Tanner.

She wrote the following in her autobiography "I made arrangements for some lumber and built a little frame house, which was rented furnished, part of the time, and was an income for many years."