Grand Teton Park to Do Restoration Work on Mormon Row | Local News
Built in 1938, the historic Pink House in Grand Teton National Park on Mormon Row is a home for renovation.
The park plans to spend a few million dollars to repair, restore and stabilize the John Moulton property that serves as a time capsule of what it was like to settle in Jackson Hole over 100 years ago. La Maison Rose is the first step in the multi-year restoration project. During the works of the Maison Rose, the area will be closed until mid-summer.
“We are stabilizing the pink house,” said Denise German, information officer for the park. “Next week, we’ll take it out of the foundation, and then we’ll start the new foundation.”
The pink house is stucco on the outside and one and a half storeys on the inside. The building will be moved from the existing foundation and a new foundation will be poured and the house reattached. The stucco will be preserved, the roof replaced and the chimney rebuilt.
“It maintains a high level of historical integrity with original doors, windows, cabinets, wallpaper, floors and woodwork,” the park said in a press release. “The house is surrounded by a historic barn, bunkhouse, several other outbuildings and cultural landscape features including irrigation ditches, corrals and fences.”
Mormon Row was established as a group of farms by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints east of Blacktail Butte from around 1890.
“The community of Grovont was created, today known as Mormon Row,” the park said. “Farmers have brought their farms together to share labor and build community, a stark contrast to the isolation typical of many western farms.”
The project is funded by the National Park Service and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. In 2018, the Foundation helped the Parks Service purchase the last one-acre parcel, the last private land along Mormon Row.
Mormon Row Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.