The hall-parlor house is composed of a single square room (the hall) with a smaller room serving as the best room (the parlor) attached to the side. The house is one room deep and may be one, one and a half, or two stories high. While primarily associated with the Classical styles, Utah examples may have Picturesque and Victorian detailing as well.
The internal plan is always asymmetrical, but a characteristic three- or five-bay symmetrical façade masks that imbalance. Chimneys may stand either internally or at the gable ends.
This house type, ubiquitous in America, comes from England. The hall-parlor may be considered the quintessential Utah house during the second half of the 19th century.
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