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Demolition of Provo's Oldest House is Delayed

HISTORIANS ARE SPRINGING INTO ACTION, AFTER LEARNING PROVO'S OLDEST HOUSE IS TO BE DEMOLISHED, FOR A CHURCH PARKING LOT EXPANSION.

L-D-S CHURCH OFFICIALS SAY THEY WEREN'T AWARE THE HOME WAS BUILT IN 1853...AND HAVE DELAYED THE DEMOLITION DATE TO JUNE.

THE CHURCH HAS ALSO OFFERED $10,000 TOWARD MOVING THE BUILDING, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE.

THE HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1853 BY BISHOP JAMES LOVELESS ...AND HAD BEEN OCCUPIED, UNTIL THE CHURCH PURCHASED IT -- AND TWO NEIGHBORING HOMES -- LAST YEAR.

THE HOUSE IS NOW STUCCOED, AND MODERNIZED, SO MOST WEREN'T AWARE OF THE ADOBE MUD BRICK STRUCTURE BENEATH.

A MOVING COMPANY ESTIMATES IT WOULD COST $45,000 TO RELOCATE THE FRAGILE BUILDING..AND IT MIGHT NOT BE SUCCESSFUL.

 

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