The Knight-Allen house is one of Provo’s most distinctive residences. The home, distinguished by its Moorish tin roof, was the home of Inez Knight Allen and her husband. Allen was the daughter of Jesse Knight, one of the most important early businessmen in the city and a major benefactor of Brigham Young University. The home was built in 1899 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Knight-Allen House was built
in 1899 in the Victorian Eclectic style. The home is one of the most
recognizable in Provo because of its Moorish tin scalloped roof and Italianate
The home was the residence of
Inez Knight Allen and her husband, Robert Eugene Allen. Inez Allen was the
daughter of Jesse Knight, one of the most important businessmen in the early
years of Provo. Knight became wealthy through mining in the Eureka area. He
then parlayed his mining fortune into banking, real estate, agriculture, and
other businesses. Knight was also a devoted member of the LDS Church and left
much of his fortune to Brigham Young University.
Inez Knight was respected figure in her own right. In 1898,
she became one of the first two single women in the LDS Church to serve as
missionaries. Knight, along with Jennie Brimhall, served as missionaries in
England for a year, and because of their
unique positions, traveled throughout Europe as speakers.
Following her marriage to Robert
Eugene Allen, a banker and developer, Inez continued to be active in the LDS
Church and community. For the last ten years of her life, she served on the
Relief Society’s general board. She was also heavily involved with her alma
mater, Brigham Young Academy, serving as a matron of the school for two
years. She was also active in politics
through the Democratic Party.
The Knight-Allen home was added
to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.