If you and I are friends on Facebook, you may have seen this picture a couple of days ago. But I wanted to post it here so anyone could see just what kind of a place Provo used to be.
BYU’s digital archive labeled this building the McDonald House and said it was located on 100 North between 400 East and 300 East. There are a number of apartment complexes located on that street today, so I assume they replaced this mansion (though honestly the house is so spectacular that I can’t quite let go a suspicion that the photo was mislabeled as being from Provo.)
I’m of the opinion that progress means losing some old buildings, (very) occasionally even beautiful historic ones. A great city also needs architectural diversity with structures erected throughout it’s lifetime.
But all that said, I truly cannot fathom why this house was torn down. Nothing on 100 North is even in the same architectural league, and if this home still existed it would be a treasure for the city in the same way that the less-striking Smoot House is today. And in the end, though there are currently bigger modern homes in the city, there is nothing nearly as grand.