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Knight-Mangum Mansion

381 East Center Street

Built in the old English style, this house was completed in 1908 at a cost of $40,000.  Designed by Walter E. Ware and Alberto O. Treganza, two of Utah's most prominent architects, the house stands out as an anomaly among Provo's turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions.  Natural materials, wood rafters, and clinker brick are used to embellish the home rather than the application of high style ornament.  Note how the colors used match the bark on the stately sycamore trees which surround the house.  It is the most sophisticated product of the Arts and Crafts movement in Provo and reveals a significant rejection of teh styles visible on other mansions.  The mansion was eventually renovated for office use and is now used as an apartment building. (Provo Historic Buildings Tour)


B/W photo - Knight-Mangum Mansion (89326 bytes)

"The Knight-Mangum house on East Center Street has long been regarded as one of Provo's finest residences.  It was constructed about 1904 by W. Lester Mangum and his wife, Jennie Knight Mangum.  Mangum was one of several sons-in-law who were brought into the Knight business empire by Jesse Knight.  He and his wife were both very involved in Provo community affairs and were widely known for their generosity.  The house was built in a style popular in southern California during the period,  which combined such rustic elements as half timbering on the upper floors, exposed rafters, and "clinker bricks," which were odd-shaped bricks that exploded in the kiln and had prior to this period been viewed as valueless.   Courtesy Utah State Historical Society" (Cannon, 1987.  A Very Eligible Place, Provo & Orem, An Illustrated History.  p 97)