In June of 2013 we posted the pictures and a brief caption of 1604 E. Princeton Ave. Many have walked and driven by this house and wondered… Subsequently we received two comments, from brothers, about that property, originally known as Duffin’s Grocery Store. And serendipitously enough one of those brothers currently LIVES in the home! After contacting him and visiting several times and having K.E.E.P. Yalecrest’s historian research the property, it is our pleasure to share some more on this one of a kind gem that exists in our Yalecrest neighborhood. It has a rich and colorful history. We are so very fortunate to have Kara and David living in and being the caretakers of a significant piece of architectural and cultural history in our neighborhood. We owe them a debt of gratitude for ‘saving’ this structure. And that is why they are one of two recent recipients of the KEEP Yalecrest Excellence in Preservation Award.
As previously noted this was the original grocery store in Yalecrest.
Then in 1970 or 1971 was purchased by the infamous Kingston family and operated as Princeton Hair Fashions.
It was purchased by its current residents in the 1990’s and transformed into a truly amazing living and working space. It was featured in the July/August 1999 Salt Lake Magazine.
It is a blend of original and modern living at its best. The pictures show the blasts from the past incorporated into the modern and functional living environment.
Included is the repurposing of the very thick wood original meat locker door that now leads to the pantry just off the kitchen. And contained within that pantry are storage baskets with the original signage that were actually used in the grocery store.
Across from the kitchen is an original Duffin’s cooler which is now backlit and provides glassed door storage.
And perhaps the most ‘treasured’ piece is the original safe! And it has never been opened; just imagine what could be in there (or not!).
The original hard wood floors have been saved and patched with a unique and wonderful twist. There are thick square Plexiglas cutouts in the floor that are illuminated from the basement lights. During the day the house is brightly lit by the large skylights.
There is no wonder why this house was featured in Salt Lake Magazine and why K.E.E.P. Yalecrest wanted to recognize its owners, their vision and the dwelling itself for its historic place within the neighborhood.