Restoring Wood Windows with Bob Yapp

Photo: Yalecrest resident Rob Foye at work.
Last month I was fortunate to participate in a “Wood Window Repair and Weatherization Workshop” taught by Bob Yapp.  It was one of 3 classes put together by SLC Planning, Preservation Utah and the SLC RDA.  

Mr. Yapp is a renowned historic preservation expert.  In 1996 he created a series for PBS called “About Your House with Bob Yapp.”  Later he opened the Belvedere School for Historic Preservation.

Bob Yapp with class participants

Having a hands-on class is a great way to learn.  Each class restored a traditional double-hung wood window.  We learned about safe paint removal, glazing, putty replacement, weather-stripping, and sash re-installation.  It was amazing how easily (and cheaply!) one can fix an old wood window so that it can do its job even better than before and last another 100+ years.


While working on the window sashes we also talked about energy efficiency and sustainability.  I wish I could remember the number of windows thrown into landfills each year.  It was astronomical.  Did you know…
  • It will take a consumer 40+ years to get any payback from replacement windows with insulated glass.
  • PVC or vinyl is the most toxic consumer substance manufactured today.  It can’t be recycled, off gasses toxic fumes and has contraction and expansion issues. It fades, cracks and has a maximum lifespan of 16 to 18 years.
  • Restored wood windows have another 100-year economic life before total restoration is needed again.  Replacement windows can never be restored effectively.
During our lunch break Bob said one of the great things about history and historic preservation is that it brings all kinds of people together.  Recently I attended an Entrada Institute presentation on the visual history of Wayne County.  The room was filled with people from a variety of political and religious backgrounds, old-timers and relative new-comers together.   With the photos and shared stories I saw appreciation, respect and even shared laughter.  Bob was right.  It really was NICE.
The info and conversations with Bob and the other class participants made this workshop great.  It was a lot of fun.   I highly recommend the class.
Note:  Top 4 photos courtesy of Ed Kosmicki.
— Kelly Marinan

Uintah’s Lost Shield

Many school building facades constructed a century ago displayed ornamental terra-cotta features such as an emblem showing the year the school was built aesthetically placed at the top of the building.  Such was the case with the old Uintah Elementary School which stood at 1227 South 15th East between 1915 and 1993. Chances are though that no one today under age 95 who has lived in the area or attended school there ever saw it or even knew of its existence..

Uintah Adornment Date 1915

Uintah’s Lost “1915” Architectural Ornamentation

Uintah School’s emblem was an artistically designed shield that clearly read “1915,” the year Uintah was built.  It was not located over the school’s front door facing 15th East however; but rather on top of the south wall of the school’s east wing facing 13th South, outside of the school’s auditorium located on the second floor.

Uintah Lost Adornment 1915

View of Uintah School from 13th South looking north in 1915

The school was enlarged in 1927 with a two-story addition to the south end of the east wing, adding what most of us remember being the classrooms for the Fifth and Sixth Grades.  Unfortunately, the hallway connecting that addition of classrooms to the original building permanently blocked the view of that “1915” shield beginning in 1927, or at least until one day during the summer of 1993 when the school was being torn down.

Uintah 6th grade doors

Completed 1927 Southern Addition to Uintah’s East Wing

The 1993 razing of the school started with the Fifth and Sixth Grade classrooms in the school’s southeast corner, working northward and counter-clockwise around the “U” shaped building, as evidenced in the following photo that I took myself.

Uintah Lost Adornment 1993

Uintah School razing in 1993

Had I known about the 1915 shield, I would have probably moved to a different vantage point to take a photo that may have shown it.  I attended school there between 1965 and 1972 and only very recently became aware of it when looking at the 1915 photo more closely.  The very top right corner of the terra-cotta emblem background can be seen in this demolition photo.   In the school’s 78 years of existence, that ornamental shield was seen only during Uintah’s first 12 years plus perhaps just one day during the summer of 1993 before being reduced to a pile of rubble.

Sadly, this is just another instance where Yalecrest has lost a piece of its history, only this loss came very early.  Gone essentially 90 years, it’s as if that emblem giving Uintah its place in time never existed at all.

Kim Childs

Our Latest Plaque Recipient-945 S. Fairview Ave

Congratulations to Chris and Jenny Munford! They were recognized by Preservation Utah and received the 2017 Heritage Award for their compatible addition.




K.E.E.P. Yalecrest partners with Preservation Utah and provides these plaques to Heritage Award Winners who reside in Yalecrest.

This is our 11th plaque awarded within the Yalecrest neighborhood. If your house has celebrated its centennial and you are interested in a commemorative plaque, let us know! We’ll have one crafted for you!

Preservation Tax Credit Presentation June 13 7pm Anderson Foothill Library

Learn how to capture tax credits for your Yalecrest remodel, inside or out.
Tuesday, June 13th, 7 p.m., Anderson-Foothill Library.

Considering a new addition, roof, interior remodel,  furnace or plumbing upgrade?
Be sure to get your tax credit.

Preservation Tax Credits

Are you considering doing work on your home – whether it’s a small or large job learn how to capture credits on your Utah tax return and save money on your remodel.  Since our neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we are eligible for a 20% Utah state tax credit for projects over $10,000—interior or exterior.  Please join us to learn more on how to take advantage of this tax credit.

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Anderson-Foothill Library
1135 S. 2100 East

Presented by Nelson Knight, Tax Credit Program Coordinator
State Historic Preservation Office

See you there!

Lynn Kennard Pershing, Ph.D.
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest Education Director

Dancing Around the Maypole in Yalecrest

Last year, we made a post about Hollywood motion picture actress Muriel Goodspeed who grew up at 1559 Harvard Avenue.  We wanted to revisit Muriel briefly because today is the 100 year anniversary of her birth.  She was born May 1, 1917 to Alvin and LaVon Goodspeed.  1559 Harvard was built in 1917, so it also 100 years old this year. The Goodspeeds moved in to their brand new home with infant Muriel soon after it was built.

With a May Day birthday, Muriel had several birthday parties with a maypole on the front lawn and coverage on the newspaper society page.  Last year’s post included a photo of Muriel’s 8th birthday maypole in 1925.  Since then we have discovered this photo, taken at Muriel’s 11th birthday party on May 1, 1928.

1559 Harvard Maypole 5-2-1928

Besides dancing around the Maypole, the party included a miniature orchestra and a contest of dolls brought to the party by Muriel’s guests.  Muriel’s doll, “Miss Utah,” was named “Queen of the May” and at 6 o’clock, a special radio program was presented that included Maypole dance music.  The Salt Lake Telegram news story provided a list of all the party guests.

1559 Harvard 1928 Maypole articleUnfortunately, none of the names of the party guests are matched with the faces of the children in the photo, not even Muriel’s.  Perhaps someone will be able to identify some of the children.  Please post a comment if you do.  Following are close-ups of the same photo, zoomed-in to see the faces more clearly.

1559 Harvard Maypole 5-2-1928 a1559 Harvard Maypole 5-2-1928 b

It is likely that most of the children in the photos lived in the neighborhood.  Following are the names of the party guests from the newspaper article.  I have added the addresses of some of the children that I have learned from other research.

Guests:  Clella Young, Louise Shuster, Lucille Rich, Lois Gill, Beth Rich, Elda Garfield, Phyllis Done, Bernadine Devinny, Katherine La Con, Betty Fowlks, Katherine Johnson, Robenia Hooper (1511 Harvard), Adele Squires (1604 Harvard), Jeanette Taylor, Eleanor Barlow (1572 Harvard), Katherine Moffat (1560 Harvard), Frances Rogers (1452 Gilmer),  Katherine Peterson, Louise Johnson, Edna Glazier, Ruth Greenwood, Belva Stevenson, Verna McMurdie, Mary Dean Wardrop, Myrtle Black, Peggy Pearsall (1554 Harvard), Helen Davis, Mildred Houck, Mary Alice Baker, Emilie Seigle, Bernice Smith.

Marjorie Carruthers, Ruby Wardenburg, Betty Peery (1435 Yale), Delina Perry, Betsy Ross Young, Mary Snow, Helen Gabbie, Helen Hagen, Erma Hickman, Elaine Hickman, Betty Davis, Meryl Romney (1337 Gilmer or 1442 Princeton) (sister of future Michigan Governor George Romney and aunt of Mitt Romney), Joyce Livingston, Shirley Price (1536 Harvard), Marjorie Selley (1503 Harvard),  Arlow Lesler, Veda Adams, Ruth Snow, Luana Gowans, Marilla Barlow (1572 Harvard), Elaine Openshaw, Jane Rawlins (1506 Harvard), Leo Francis Bachle, Sterling Devinny, Elman Snow, Neco Vancina, and LeRoy Nesbitt.

Kim Childs



Two Great Preservation Utah Events-Featuring Yalecrest!

On April 6, 2017, Preservation Utah held their annual Heritage Awards Banquet.

K.E.E.P. Yalecrest occupied a table and honored residents Jenny and Chris Munford for their award winning compatible addition.

It was a remarkable evening highlighting great preservation work and people in Utah.

On April 22, 2017, the Yalecrest neighborhood was the site of the 46th Annual Historic Homes Tour. This popular area of Salt Lake City has been the location of four historic homes tours. Members of K.E.E.P. Yalecrest participated as volunteers, docents and staffed a K.E.E.P. Yalecrest table at Preservation Utah’s registration site. Congratulations and thanks to Judy Krall (K.E.E.P. board member) whose home was on the tour, was a previous Heritage Award Winner for her incredible addition and hosted a gathering after the tour ended. A great day for all!

Thank you to Preservation Utah for recognizing K.E.E.P. Yalecrest and our preservation efforts in the brochure narrative.