LOGAN – Eugene and Christie Needham recently remodeled and moved into a historic home built in 1910 for Lorenzo Hansen, located at 33 South 100 West in Logan.
Hansen was an important figure in Logan history. As the 12th mayor of Logan City, he was instrumental in establishing the Logan City Municipal Electric Light Plant. Born in Brigham City, Hansen was also involved in the building of the Utah-Idaho hospital.
Eugene remembers seeing Hansen at church at the Logan First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was younger. A Mitton family took over the residence after the Hansens no longer lived there.
Ray Summers bought it and turned it into an apartment complex with five apartments.
“I bought the house as an investment,” Needham said. “When I was on the city council, I encouraged Mayor Petersen to tear the house down and turn it into parking lot.”
The mayor didn’t do anything with the building, so Needham bought it in 2015 and spent two years remodeling it.
“I said to myself ‘here it is, I might as well buy it myself,’” Needham said. “It was fine with my wife, she thought it was a good investment for us.”
He’s not sure how many square feet the home has but estimates it has approximately 5,000 square feet.
“We finished the first floor and the upstairs, third floor is a playroom for kids and second floor has four bedrooms and two baths,” he said. “The first floor is living space: living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and a half bath.”
The basement is a main study area for lots of books and has space for another bedroom and bathroom.
The home has a covered patio with a view of Logan’s top-three visited buildings: the Logan Tabernacle, the temple, and Old Main.
There is a room above the carport that Needham has turned into an art room. He is an active painter and sculptor. The space has a lot of natural light, shelves for his art books and a place for his easel and supplies.
The backyard had a five-car garage; they reduced some of it for a recreation area.
“I really don’t know the architecture of the house, but the copula does have the Eastern European feel,” he said. “It really doesn’t distinguish itself in any other way.”
They took down walls and opened up the space by adding beams and columns. The wood stair railing and columns give the living room a classy feel.
“We’ve changed it quite a bit,” Needham said. “It’s a mix of old and new.”
The Needhams made the house modern on the inside and kept it historic on the outside.