Nick Lovace House

Built in the mid 1890′s by the stone mason who also built many of the stone houses in Bluff and Blanding.

He is said to have built houses in nearby McElmo Canyon in Colorado. Little is known about the history of this man, although we have been able to find a few things. We know he was a stone mason, and that he was not a member of the original Hole-in-the-Rock group.

The current owner, Melvin Gaines, remembers that people still spoke of Lovace when Gaines was a boy. They said Bluff pioneers knew nothing of stone masonry before Lovace. This house formerly was a two story house and probably looked much like the south Jens house (G). It was rebuilt in its present form after a fire destroyed the second story.

The Lovace house is on the northeast end of Bluff. It was not included in the original Bluff townsite. It was built on a larger lot than any of the other houses in Bluff.

The house is surround with lilacs, wild roses, Fremont cottonwoods, weeping willows, and silver maples, which all add to its beauty. Recent owners have kept these plants alive to maintain a historic feel about the house.