OGDEN -- Efforts by the Ogden Landmarks Commission to save a fire-damaged historic home from the wrecking ball have apparently failed.
Mayor Matthew Godfrey signed a demolition order earlier this month for the 128-year-old Allen Stout home, at 885 12th St.
Demolition has been ordered because Aaron A. Mueller, an official with Boulder Creek Townhomes LLC, which owns the house, failed to provide a plan to save the structure despite being given an extension from Godfrey, said Greg Montgomery, the city's planning manager.
Mueller could not be reached for comment regarding the Stout home, which as of Monday was still standing. Information was not available from city officials as to when it might be torn down.
Mueller said in January he hoped the 2,000-square-foot house could be restored in conjunction with Boulder Creek's plans to build resort-style townhouses on part of the 2-acre parcel where the dwelling now sits.
Ron Atencio, chairman of the Landmarks Commission, said he hoped to form a citizens committee to spearhead fundraising efforts to restore the house, which has been vacant for at least two decades.
"I am disappointed that the developers/owners of this property and Ogden city and code enforcement could not come to a resolution on finding a way to save this historic pioneer farmhouse," he said in an email to the Standard-Examiner. "It is frustrating in many regards and it is the community of Ogden that loses by having this one-of-a-kind historic landmark demolished as we lose that valuable piece of our early history."
The Stout home, which is listed on the Ogden Register of Historic Resources, sustained significant damages in a September 2010 fire set by juveniles. Another blaze hit the house late last year.
The house was built in 1882 by Allen Joseph Stout Jr., a nephew of Hosea Stout, an early Utah settler and general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The structure is architecturally significant because of its so-called "I" house design with chimneys located at the two end walls, states a Landmarks Commission report.