Ezra Thompson and
Susan Leggett Clark House

Ezra T. and Susan Leggett Clark House - 335 West State
Ezra T. and Susan Leggett Clark House - 335 West State

National Register's Architecture Description

"Built in c.1870, this house is an example of a two-story crosswing, "L" in plan, with an eclectic collection of detail on the exterior. The structure is covered by a straight mansard roof with a hipped crown, which is pierced by gable dormers on all facades, typical of the picturesque Second Empire style. Articulated by a wide wood frieze and evenly spaced wood scroll-cut brackets, the roof covers the exterior fired brick and adobe walls which are supported on a stone foundation. The main facade is graced by a hip roof porch, which runs the length of the flanking wing. It is composed of decorative lathe-turned wood posts with scroll-cut bracketed capitals, and decorative frieze and porch railing reminiscent of the Queen Anne style. Original windows, most of which remain in place, are tall two-over-two single hung assemblies with segmental arched heads on the main floor and pedimental heads on the upper. Significant interior features include the original lathe-turned wood balustrade and a fireplace with tile surround and hearth which was added in 1930 to the parlor on the main level. Major alterations to the building are limited to a two-story, 16' wide addition at the rear of the house. Added in 1992, the addition is staggered approximately two feet from each corner of the house so as to not affect the appearance or massing of the house as viewed from the street."


Susan Leggett Clark, the second wife of Ezra Thompson Clark, came from a cultured English Home. She was an accomplished artist at needle work. Her industry in this line, as she plied her needle when crossing the ocean in a sailboat, attracted the attention of the captain and his wife for whom Susan sewed, and thus she enjoyed the best accommodations on board. When she was traveling across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley, she made yards of fine muslin embroidery with which she trimmed her first baby cloths. Most of her neighbors were frontier women and had habits of living much more suited to pioneer life than Susan - trained as she was in find needle work. Susan didn't learn to milk a cow until her househeeping began in Utah. In the book "A Mormon Mother", Annie Clark Tanner writes about her life growing up in this house across the street from the first wifes home.