Henry Blood House

Henry Blood was a famous investor and was also seventh governor of Utah. He was the governor from the year 1933 to 1940. The Henry Blood House located in Kaysville was his home. It was built by highly trained self –trained professional known as William Allen. William was a well-known architect and had vast experience working in Davis County. His great influence is also seen in most of the other many stone and brick homes in the County. It was built in 1896 with styling of Queen Anne. It has an octagonal tower. The house got listed as one of the historic places in 1980. The house has two stories in its structure with Queen Ann style.

The construction of the house started in 1896, but some works were also done in 1895. The original structure was a several hipped roof structure that was square in its overall plan. It has hipped dormers, octagonal tower and side bays that vitalized the entire scheme.  On the outside part are Victorian ornaments. There are window insets that are carved segmentally, dormer ornament and turnings of porch elements.  They are all fanciful with Queen Ann qualities.

The house was enlarged extensively in 1915 with an addition in its rear part.  This addition included a new kitchen, screen and pantry porch, which were done on the ground floor, while the bedrooms were done on the second floor. The kitchen that was used before was turned into a dining room. The extension was not comparable to the original ones in terms of size, details, proportions and scale. The dormer on the rear side dating from the past still showcases some of the characteristics of the original ones. There is a hipped roof porch that is off the entrance of the kitchen and has Tuscan supports and a lower balustrade.

The inside part of the house still has the original integrity and demonstrates the Victorian style in a great way. The addition that was done in 1915 was excellently executed and compatible inside, just like it was on the outside part. The interior parts showcase the classical style of that period and do not show a lot of Victorian exuberance.

The windows and doors have wide and elegant molded elements of the fashion that was used during that period. There are rectangular terminations that have floral and circular molded motifs. The doors also contain molded panels and there is brass door hardware. The electric lights have girandoles and sconces dating the early period. However, they are not original. The dining room is also well designed with the fashion of that period, but also with some elements that depicts some modernity.

There is a fireplace that showcases Adamesque qualities in parts of the applied styles. The stairway is made with beautifully carved oak balustrade. It is designed in a way that depicts the Victorian interior designing. In overall, Henry Blood is an anciently designed structure, but it has stood until today due to the high level architectural skills applied building it.

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