Wind blamed for knocking historic Park City home off shoring

Published: Sunday, Dec. 23 2012 4:35 p.m. MST

A historic house being renovated collapsed into its foundation in downtown in Park City Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PARK CITY — A big setback for crews attempting to renovate a century-old home here over the weekend.

Strong winds knocked the historic structure off its temporary shoring Saturday, sending half the house into the new foundation still under construction.

Park City Fire Battalion Chief Steve Zwirn said the walls and roof of the structure, built during Park City's mining boom, were still intact and he believes the house can still be saved.

"They're just sitting at a 45 degree angle in the foundation," he said.

The house at 335 Woodside Avenue had been approved for expansion and remodeling. The house is nearly 120 years old. Crews were just a day or two away from securing the house on the new floor joist of the new foundation, Zwirn said. The home was sitting on temporary shoring about 18 inches above the new foundation when the accident happened.

Crews may now be forced to disassemble the house and place it on its new foundation, one wall at a time.

Zwirn did not know the wind speed around the house on Woodside on Saturday, but noted that the wind blew all day Saturday. The National Weather Service recorded wind speeds ranging from 50 mph at Deer Valley to 76 mph at the top of Jupiter Peak at Park City Mountain Resort.

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