The Roberta Sugden House
Utah native, John Sugden, became an architect in Chicago where he was taken under the wings of world-renown modernist architects, Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig Hilberseimer. Working with masters helped to shape and influence Sugden’s design philosophy that would be evident throughout his body of work.
Sugden’s final project under the tutelage of Mies, was the iconic Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. He kept all these concepts with him when he finally went back home to Salt Lake City. His first project was a home built for his mother, Roberta, in 1955. It reflected all the elements of the Farnsworth House: Floor-to-ceiling glass, (once) white steel frame, surrounded by nature, etc.
The current owner, Molly, is the third owner and has worked with a Sugden colleague to restore the property. In 2005, she was awarded the Utah Heritage Foundation Award for her efforts.