Home tour in Olympus Cove

Architecture • 4 homes feature midcentury architecture, design.
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Four homes in Olympus Cove will be open to the public on Saturday, June 8, for a midcentury architecture tour.

The homes are in a development above Wasatch Drive that was started in the early 1950s, when new construction technology allowed expansion up the east bench and the city's growth demanded additional space for development.

The homes in The Salt Lake Modern Tour: Olympus Cove are reflective of the era and have eclectic d├ęcor and contemporary architecture.

One home is designed by prominent Utah architect Ron Molen, known for his midcentury homes. Another is a prefabricated home by renowned architect Cliff May.

Most of the homes have interesting histories and stories, including one that was originally owned by Donald and Carole Olin. As a pilot for the American Gilsonite Company, Donald Olin would fly executives to and from the Bonanza mine near Vernal. The house had at least seven owners and was vacant between 1978 and 1980. Kim Smith and her husband, the current owners, were passionate about midcentury modern design and had admired the house from afar. The couple said they had waited for it to go on sale for 10 years before being able to buy it.

Those who attend the tour, which will take approximately two hours, can purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Ticketholders will not find out the locations of the four homes until the day of the show.

Tour attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes. Attendees may also visit the homes in socks, but not barefoot. All homes are private residences and are only available to tour during the time and day of the tour.

The tour is sponsored by a committee of Utah Heritage Foundation. —

Olympus Cove Home Tour

When • Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where • Tour begins at the LDS Chapel, 4176 S. Adonis Drive (3960 East), Salt Lake City

Cost • $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the tour

Details • slmodern.org or 801-533-0858 extension 101