Winds blow historic Park City house on its side

Posted at 4:08 PM, Dec 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-24 00:15:28-05

PARK CITY, Utah - A historical home in Park City was pushed into its foundation by the wind this weekend.

The home was under construction for a remodeling project and had been placed on temporary stilts, but now it sits lopsided, half fallen into the foundation.

The miner's house was built in 1893 in a neighborhood full of mostly other historical homes.

"Everybody likes the fact that old town really keeps that miners history to it," said Arthur Bingham, a neighbor.

Bigham says the house had been recently purchased by a family and they were in the process of an extensive renovation; they planned to build a large home behind the original structure and a garage underneath. The old home was placed on stilts temporarily while a new foundation was being dug.

High winds on Saturday night proved too strong for the empty house and it toppled over onto one side, according to the Park City Fire Dept.

The house is still intact, but just sideways, fallen partly into the foundation. Neighbor Jeff Pierce said that he walked outside at around 10 p.m. and saw the house on its side.

Nobody was hurt in the collapse and fire officials weren't able to comment on how extensive the damage is. Neighbors hope the damage is just a temporary setback for something that has such a long history.

"We hope it can be saved. It looks like one of those old houses that gives Park City and Woodside Avenue its character," said Nicole Hanrahan, a nearby resident.

FOX 13 was told the owner of the historical house currently lives somewhere else in Park City, but we were not able to make contact with them for comment.