The double-cell house has two square or roughly square units arranged axially. It may be one, one and a half, or two stories tall and usually has a façade with two front doors and either two or four windows arranged symmetrically. Chimneys may be located at the gable ends or in the center of the house.
The presence of the two doors has often led people to conclude that polygamous families developed this as a unique Utah house type—with one door for each wife.
While in fact the house did lend itself to multifamily living situations, the double-cell house is a common American form in the South and Midwest, with the double doors providing a balance of openings on the principal façade.