Addie Price Home in 2005

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

ADDIE PRICE HOME

St. George, Utah

LOCATION

185 West Diagonal
St. George, UT 84770


HISTORY

[Note: There are some discrepancies in the early part of this narrative.
    (1) The house was built before the land was granted.
    (2) The land was originally shown as belonging to John Alger
          and some accounts have Addie buying the home from him.
    (3) Andrew McArthur died in 1882.]


On June 19, 1883, Mayor Robert Gardner granted Andrew B. & Addie McArthur ownership of the triangular shaped piece of land bordered by Diagonal Street, Third North, and Second West as shown on the old pioneer map of St. George.

Mrs. Addie Price built this house in 1881. She was described by local citizens as having "considerable means", and she spared no expense in building her home.

After the fashion of the times, no architect was used; the builder just drew the house design with a stick on the ground and changes were made as deemed desirable. The material was rock for the foundation and double-thickness adobes for the walls. There was the very popular bay window in the parlor and fireplaces in all the downstairs rooms. A porch ran all of the way across both the back and the front, a desirable feature of a Dixie home before the advent of air-conditioning.

On the south side, the first floor is slightly below ground level. Here Mrs. Price established a millinery business, which she advertised in the Southern Utah Star on July 20, 1895, as having the largest supply of millinery south of Provo. It was very successful, not only for the hats and other dry goods, but because the women told each other that it was not in the business district so they could just run in without having to get all dressed up. In the days of bustles, corsets, rats and hats, we can understand their line of thinking.

Her home was the favorite gathering-spot for the young of the community.

The home remained in the family until 1920.

Owners:
John Alger
Addie Price
Sarah Sorensen
Grace Woodbury
Fenton & Mary L. Frehner
The Greene family


BIOGRAPHY

Addie Price   click here


PHOTOS

WCHS photos:
WCHS-00560     Jon Bowcutt sketch of the Addie Price Home


REFERENCES

Historical Buildings of Washington County (Volume 2), pp. 12-13.

Landmark and Historic Sites: City of St. George
First Edition,   January 2, 2009,   pp. 7-1 through 7-5
Compiled by the St. George Community Development Department

Landmark and Historic Sites: Informational Guide of Historical Sites within the City of St. George
Second Edition,   Revised 2011,   pp. 17-18
Compiled by the St. George Community Development Department