Joseph Nelson, Architect [1876-1952]
Joseph Nelson, was a well-known Utah architect in practice in the state since about 1910. He was born in Mantua, Utah, in 1876, graduated from the Brigham Young College at Logan, taught school for about 5 years, and then studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Following his graduation, he returned to Utah and practiced architecture until his death in 1952. Among the buildings he designed during his career were the Dixon Jr. High School in Provo, the Provo High School, the Utah County Building in Provo, the Taylor Brothers' Building in Provo, the Gerrit de Jong House in Provo, and a number of buildings on the Brigham Young University campus including Allen Hall, Amanda Knight Hall, the Heber J. Grant Library, and the President's Home.
† John McCormack, Box Elder High School Gymnasium, Brigham City, UT, nomination document, 1984, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.