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May 7, 2017

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Salt Lake City, Utah

By MidModMichelle

Hello folks! Today’s mid-century modern gem in Salt Lake City is sure to not disappoint! Someone posted it on one of the mid-century groups a few weeks ago (edit: I looked back through the groups and found the original post again in the Friends of Atomic Ranch Facebook group posted by Liz K. I’m in so many of those groups sometimes I just bookmark the actual listing in my browser and forget where I found it haha!), I bookmarked the listing, got busy and forgot about it. Ha! But something made me think of it this week, and I knew y’all would like to see this one! Let’s check it out!

This home is located at 2738 E Pebble Glen Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah on a nice lot in a desirable neighborhood. It is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,828 square foot home built in 1965 that is being offered at $649,000. The listing is courtesy of Mony Ty at Caldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For more information and additional photos you can check out the listing here. From the listing:

A faded name on the blueprint is all we know of Larry J. Rowsell. We understand he came to Salt Lake City from California, and left a short time after building a handful of beautiful modern homes in the 1960s. We are left with little knowledge of the man, other than the carefully considered details in his homes. He never let anyone else touch the designs of his kitchens or bathrooms, or even his closets or stairs. He designed every square inch of every single home he gave his name to, from the louvered drawers and cabinetry (made to mimic the louvered windows of course), right down to the tiniest rosewood drawer handle details. Clerestory windows perch above the walls of this home, adding light and air to the interior rooms, and giving wings to a roofline that flutters like a butterfly in Spring. Like most modern homes of the period, there is privacy from the street, and a wide open living space in the back. This may be a perfectly preserved time capsule of 1965, but it is certainly not a period piece; the design is just as relevant today as it was then. You wouldn’t call an Alexander Calder sculpture dated, now would you? This is not “less is more” architecture, in the words of Mies Van der Rohe. No, here, “God is in the details.”


(I think if it were my place I’d take out that bush so you could see the home better.)


(This railing… omg 😍)

(Love the stacked brick fireplace wall and the clerestory windows!)


(Amazing organic feel in the kitchen- lovely wood grain, pebble glass, and love that the cabinet doors repeat the railing shapes.)


(The built-ins are attractive and functional!)


(IMO the wood knobs are a nice touch, tying the design together.)

(I believe I spy a Witco Wilrongo wall hanging!)


(The architect did a wonderful job tying the design elements together with the repeating pebble glass and wood.)

(Great tile!)


All I can say is WOW!! I’m totally a sucker for interesting rooflines, especially zig-zag and butterfly. And how about that listing description?! It’s sounds like it’s straight out of a literary journal! The only element I wasn’t in love with was the carpet, but I bet there is something nice under it. The outdoor space is amazing! What did y’all think?

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6 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Salt Lake City, Utah

  1. Anonymous Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 7:14 am

    The ONLY thing I would change. Switch out the kitchen appliances. I would go with a vintage stainless steel cooktop and brand new stainless steel oven and dishwasher.

    I can even deal with the wall-to-wall carpets.

  2. Dan Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 8:53 am

    A stunning place that neatly straddles the line between high-style austerity and liveable warmth. The only thing I might change is to install a larger entry landing.

    Having lived in a house of similar construction, I would warn you: with virtually no insulation and vast expanses of what is probably single pane glass, this house is a bear to heat.

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    This house completely blows me away…..WOW is right!!!

  4. Jean Salomone Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Agree about the front yard and that bush. It detracts from the architecture.

    • Zoe Reply

      June 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Amen. Probably looked nice when they planted it 20+ years ago.

      They could replace it with a nice bird’s nest spruce; they never get more than ~2 feet tall and stay green year round.

  5. BobinAlabama Reply

    May 8, 2017 at 8:53 am

    It’s always nice to see a MCM house that hasn’t been “messed with” by various owners over the years. This house is a jewel.

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