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

Preston and Vella Ruth Hafen Home

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
1. Preston and Vella Ruth Hafen Home Marker
Inscription. The term Period Revival refers to a wide range of historically based house styles favored by the American public for nearly half a century. A number of these styles, including Spanish Colonial, English Tudor, Mission, Pueblo, and French Norman were based on the indigenous building traditions of North America and Europe and were especially popular for domestic architecture built after World War I.

Various explanations have been offered for the popularity of these Period Revival styles, but whatever the reason, many of these historical styles began appearing in all types of architecture. According to Utah's Historic architecture 1847-1940, Copyright c1988 By Thomas Carter and Peter Goss., "These designs almost always displayed the architect's or builder's familiarity with the external, decorative features of the historical style rather than the building tradition, its formal features, or plan types."

Here in the Preston and Vella Ruth Hafen home, we see evidence of the Mission style in a Period Cottage. Vella Ruth worked closely with the builder to specifically achieve a Spanish style look to her home. She says that she and Pres used to travel, and they loved the Spanish architecture that was becoming popular during that time. The home was built in 1936.

The large, arched entryway stages a unique
Preston and Vella Ruth Hafen Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
2. Preston and Vella Ruth Hafen Home and Marker
approach to the house and has always been a favorite part of the home. The arches gave Vella Ruth the look she admired, and they led to a porch that was shady during the heat of the day and allowed for a cool cross breeze. The arched porch is large enough for a small group of people or for children to play. In fact, this arched entryway has seen multiple circus acts performed by Hafen children and been the stage for many a neighborhood play. The porch also has been the scene for group singing, visiting, or just watching the time go by.

Preston and Vella Ruth have been the only residents in the home. From Preston's school-teaching days to his fruit-transfer business, to his beloved "cowboy" days on the Arizona Strip – this is where he came home. Vella Ruth, in turn, has been a local asset. She was a formidable woman as she reared her children and kept the entire town entertained. Vella Ruth sang in more than 200 different events, and she dazzled everyone with her imaginative sewing of party dresses, wedding dresses, costumes, and the like. One of her favorites was a eagle costume, complete with a paper mache mask that she made for herself. "No one knew who it was," she says. It is not surprising that she would oversee implementing a new and different type of architecture for Santa Clara.

side note

Mission 1910-1930.
The Mission style emanated from California at the end of the nineteenth century, based on the design of the old Catholic mission. Like the Spanish Colonial style, the Mission style relies upon red tile roofs, stucco wall surfaces, and simple geometric forms. Curvilinear gables, round arches, and arcades are also key features of the style. Little surface ornamentation is used, unlike the Spanish Colonial style. Utah's Historic Architecture, 1847-1940, Copyright c1988 By Thomas Carter and Peter Goss.
 
Erected 2010.
 
Location. 37° 7.967′ N, 113° 39.199′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on West Santa Clara Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2999 West Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara UT 84765, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John George and Susette Bosshard Hafen Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick and Anna Reber Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Hug-Gubler Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settling of Santa Clara / First Public Buildings / Missionaries and Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Clara Relief Society House (within shouting distance of this marker); Swiss Colony (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Clara Merc (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Clara Tithing Granary (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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