William H. Ray House

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William H. Ray House
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William H. Ray House
William H. Ray House is located in Utah
William H. Ray House
William H. Ray House is located in the United States
William H. Ray House
Location415 South University
Provo, Utah
Coordinates40°13′41″N 111°39′27″W / 40.22806°N 111.65750°W / 40.22806; -111.65750Coordinates: 40°13′41″N 111°39′27″W / 40.22806°N 111.65750°W / 40.22806; -111.65750
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleRomanesque
MPSEntreprenurial Residences of Turn-of-the-Century Provo TR
NRHP reference #82004178[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 23, 1982

William H. Ray House * 415 South University Avenue * Provo, Utah[edit]

The William H. Ray House is a historic house located at 415 South University Avenue in Provo, Utah. A prominent non-Mormon in Provo, Utah, William H. Ray was one of the founders of the State Bank of Provo. A financier, banker, and broker, Ray organized the Ray Investment Company as an insurance and real estate brokerage firm. The William Ray House, which was built around 1898, "Combines Romanesque Revival elements with classical detailing in a personalized manner (Historic Provo 2002)." The William H. Ray House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982[1] and was designated to the Provo City Historic Landmark Register on April 28, 1995.

The Victorian Mansions of Provo[edit]

Built between the years 1893 and 1908 in Provo, Utah, this group of Victorian mansions are historically significant and represent not only fine architecture but some of the most successful men of the city and state at the time. These mansions include the Charles E. Loose House, the William H. Ray House, the Knight-Allen House, the John R. Twelves House, the Jesse Knight House, the Knight-Mangum House, and the Thomas N. Taylor House. All of these homes derive from the high style: Eastlake, Shingle, Craftsman, Italianate, Classical, Moorish, Colonial, and Romanesque Revivals. Made primarily of brick, these homes exhibit the finest architecture and most ornate detailing to be found in the city of Provo.

William H. Ray[edit]

Born on December 30, 1864 to William and Martha E. Ray, in Gentry County, Missouri, WIlliam H. Ray grew up on a farm. After becoming certified as a teacher, Ray worked in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, before settling in Salt Lake in 1890. Once in Salt Lake, Ray worked as a car inspector for the Union Pacific Railroad and then the Oregon Short Line Railway Company, and in addition to this invested in real estate. "In spite of limited salary from the railway company and therefore limited investment funds, in a period of five years he had advanced to become the senior partner in W. H. Ray Company, the largest real estate business in the area (Provo City Library p. 1)." In 1894 William H. Ray married Lottie L. Chappell, and had six children. Ray was a member of the Provo Community Congregational Church. Ray died on October 31, 1936 and was buried in Provo.


The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as part of a multiple property submission that nominated seven and listed six Provo houses. The listed houses are the Knight-Mangum House, the John R. Twelves House, the Jesse Knight House, the Knight-Allen House, this, the William H. Ray House, and the Thomas N. Taylor House. The seventh, the Charles E. Loose House, was determined to be NRHP-eligible but was not NRHP-listed due to owner objection.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Debbie Tenure; Ken Cannon & Phil Notarianni (Summer 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Entreprenurial Residences of Turn of the Century Provo Thematic Resources". National Park Service.
  3. ^ Kenneth Cannon; Janice Simon & Deborah Temme (June 27, 1980). "Utah State Historical Society Historic Preservation Research Office Structure/Site Information: William H. Ray House". National Park Service. and accompanying photo from 1981
  • 2002. "Historic Provo" Provo City Landmarks Commission.
  • Provo City Library. "William H. Ray (1864-1936)." http://www.provolibrary.com/historical-william-h-ray
  • National Park Service. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form." April 1995.

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