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Santa Clara in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Hug-Gubler Home

Hug-Gubler Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
1. Hug-Gubler Home Marker
Inscription.  The Henry Hug family came to Santa Clara with the original Swiss Company in November of 1861. The Hugs and other members of this group lived in their wagon boxes and hillside dugouts until more adequate shelters could be built. The Hugs built this home in 1870. The original structure consisted of a dirt cellar, with two rooms overhead on the main floor and an attic room with a tiny, twisting staircase. The original walls were sandstone block and adobe brick. Original bricks are still visible in the attic along with the beams that are said to be from timber taken from Pine Valley Mountain. The Hugs stayed in the Santa Clara Valley until they sold the home to John and Anna Gubler in 1880. Sometime in the 1920s-1930s, the home was remodeled to include a modern kitchen and bathroom. The house was stuccoed at an unknown date, presumably to reinforce the original adobe brick.

The architecture of this home represents the Greek Revival, Temple-form. This is a style popular during the settlement period in the Utah territory. The swag-like pattern of the "gingerbread" trim is common to Gothic Revival, or Carpenter Gothic as it is sometimes
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called. Although the trim seems a bit unusual for this type of house, early photos indicate that it was part of the original home. The trim, however, did not seem to be used as extensively on the original house as it appears today. During the restoration of the home, a piece of the trim was taken to a craftsman who duplicated it to be placed as you see it now.

The Hug-Gubler Home stands as a landmark for Santa Clara City. Restoring the home was the beginning of a resurgence of community pride for the Swiss heritage of the founders of Santa Clara who came to the area as a result of being "called" to the assignment by Brigham Young, governor of the Utah Territory and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When plans to tear down the Hug-Gubler Home surfaced in the early 1990s the Santa Clara Historical Society spoke loudly and clearly to declare the need for saving such structures. Their rescue efforts succeeded in restoring the dwelling into a small museum and home for the Society. Further efforts led to the establishment of Heritage Square, which encompassed the house, the Historical Relief Society Building, and the surrounding grounds.

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Temple Form, 1847-1875

Temple-form houses may be one-and-a-half or two stories high and are almost always associated with the Greek Revival style. Different
Hug-Gubler Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
2. Hug-Gubler Home Marker
floor plans may be employed, and wings may also be present on one or both sides.
The temple-form house was an early nineteenth-century product of the Greek Revival stylistic movement. Seeking to capture the spirit of monumental buildings of ancient Greece like the Parthenon, American architectural theorists championed gable-front, pedimented structures with columned porticoes. Utah's Historic Architecture 1847-1940, Copyright c1988 by Thomas Carter and Peter Goss.
Erected 2010.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1861.
Location. 37° 7.981′ N, 113° 39.214′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on West Santa Clara Drive, 0 miles west of Victors Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Clara UT 84765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Settling of Santa Clara / First Public Buildings / Missionaries and Settlers (a few steps from this marker); Santa Clara Relief Society House (a few steps from this marker); John George and Susette Bosshard Hafen Home (a few steps from this marker); Preston and Vella Ruth Hafen Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Swiss Colony
Hug-Gubler Home image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
3. Hug-Gubler Home
(within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick and Anna Reber Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Clara Merc (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Clara Tithing Granary (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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