William Allen Home

Located at 8 North 300 East, Kaysville

William Allen was an active architect of Utah, from the 1870s when he acquired the property this house sits on until at least 1918. William Allen learned architecture by correspondence, but he graduated with high honors and his style is very distinctive and enduring. The small brick building in the back was his studio where he drew the plans and specifications for many of the best buildings in Davis County (including his own home shown here). Among the most notable of his works are the Kaysville Tabernacle, the Barnes Block, the KCMI building, the H. J. Sheffield Store, the Kaysville Grade School, the Davis High School, and many of the best residences in the county.

People who remembered him, recalled him sitting in his studio playing the violin. Others recalled that he donated some of his services, making it necessary to lay brick on building projects as a side job.


Sketch of William Robert Allen

William AllenWilliam Allen, another Kaysville and Davis County pioneer, has been gathered to his fathers. This (Thursday) morning he died in the Weber County hospital, where he has been sojourning for the past few months.

Mr. Allen had been ill for the past two years and remained in his home in Kaysville until it became evident that he could recieve better care in a hospital.

He was born in London, England, January 1, 1849, and came to Utah when only thirteen years of age. Soon after arriving in Utah he came to Kaysville…..

Sketch of Mary Sims Allen

Mary, the wife of William Allen, the well known Kaysville architect, died at home, corner of Locust and tenth streets, at 11:15 o’clock last Saturday morning, after an illness of several weeks. During the last of her illness, her daughter Mrs. Vivian Wray of Boise, Idaho, was with her father at the bedside of her mother.

Mrs. Allen was born at Cheltonham, Goicestorshire, England, January 27, 1847, and was the daughter of George and Caroline Sims. She with her family emigrated to America in 1863, coming direct to Utah and located in Kaysville. She married William Allen in Kaysville…..

This is a photo of the original home as it looked in 1870

William Allen Home

Another photo of the original home with a fence and maturing trees as it looked in the 1870s

This is a photo as the house looks today (2023). It is located at 8 North 300 East, Kaysville. Note the addition on the right.