The David and Evinda Madsen House, constructed in 1900, in Ephraim, Utah, is a two-story Italianate/Victorian Eclectic brick residence. The building is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the development of Ephraim and Sanpete County in the first half of the twentieth century. The period of significance spans from 1900-1953 while associated with the David P. Madsen family, who were key contributors to the development and transformation of Ephraim into a successful and prosperous agricultural and educational community.
Under Criterion A, the areas of significance are Social History and Agriculture. David Madsen was the son of one of the founders of Ephraim and was prominently involved in Ephraim’s economic development. He was one of the early importers of sheep into the area, a practice which transformed the Sanpete County economy. David also developed several large water sources which stabilized and greatly expanded Sanpete farming and ranching. The house is also eligible under Criterion C in the area of Architecture for its distinctive design and also for its association with Scandinavian immigrant design influences.
The Madsen House is an excellent example of changing construction design and the introduction of Victorian styles in Sanpete County in the late 19th century. During this time, increasing economic and social exposure of the citizens of Sanpete County resulted in movement away from local vernacular designs. However, the Madsen House also retains significant stone and wood elements which reflect unique Scandinavian design and construction techniques. Scandinavian immigrants heavily influenced Sanpete County architecture and culture from its founding through the first decades of the 20th century.