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.
2017 Historic Homes Tour: Yalecrest
Historic Homes Tour
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This year’s Historic Homes Tour will be in the Yalecrest neighborhood, more specifically the Douglas Park subdivision and the surrounding area. Click the links below for more information:
$20 per person–Advance ticket price to non-members and day-of price for Preservation Utah members
$25 per person–Day-of price for non-members
All persons who walk must have a ticket. All tickets are in the form of our tour brochure and wristband, with which you may enter each home on the tour. We do not mail the brochures or wristbands prior to the event, and all advance and day-of ticket purchasers must pick up their tour brochure(s) and wristbands at our tour headquarters before going on the tour. The tour is an all-weather, rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds for unused tickets.
Tour attendees should be aware of the following before going on the tour:
- None of the homes are wheelchair accessible, and all have stairs. Attendees should watch their step around and in all parts of homes.
- Attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes.
- Pets are not allowed inside homes.
- All homes are private residences and are only available to tour during the time and day of our tour. We will not reveal the names of the homeowners, nor we will reveal the addresses of homes prior to the tour.
- Photography is permitted only outside the homes and is prohibited inside.
- Attendees are not required to visit all the homes, and may go to each home at their leisure during open hours.
Headquarters and Parking
The tour headquarters will be at the Yale Ward building, located at 1431 E. Gilmer Dr. Limited parking is available at in the ward parking lot and on street parking is available in the surrounding area.
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest hosted its annual meeting on April 1st, and it was a fantastic event. No foolin’. Members and Board Members gathered at the house of Heidi and Scott Ingham. We shared food, drink and great comradery. KEEP’s accomplishments, goals and future endeavors were presented.
The Pritchetts won the raffle, books in hand!
An unexpected highlight of the evening was when Constance Crompton (center) revealed that her uncle, John Boyden Sr. built Scott and Heidi Ingham’s (our hosts) home in 1935/36. He and his wife Orpha, had four children (John, Steve, Carmen, Paul). They hatched chickens in the basement boiler room then kept them in the garage and used the south sunroom to start flowers from seed. John Boyden was twice a gubernatorial candidate. This house is currently described as a Colonial revival, however it was not built in this style originally. John undertook a major renovation (including the massive brick wall on the south side of the property) in the 1960s. Constance, a Yalecrest resident and member of KEEP Yalecrest, shared childhood stories and memories from the house.
Constances uncle was instrumental in representing the Native Americans. These tiles in the basement fireplace are remarkable! And a testament to his commitment to the tribes. Thank you to Scott and Heidi for opening your house for this event!
This post is from Preservation Utah’s (previously Utah Heritage Foundation) website. Heritage Awards 2016.
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest – Accomplishments in Historic Preservation
“K.E.E.P.” is an acronym for “Keep Educating and Encouraging Preservation” and that is exactly the mission in which members of this organization excel. Composed of residents from the Yalecrest neighborhood of Salt Lake City, this all-volunteer organization advocates to preserve, protect, and educate their neighborhood. Yalecrest has one of the highest number of historic buildings within a National Register historic district in the state, with a remarkable 91% contributing structures within thousands of buildings.
However, the neighborhood has experienced significant development pressure that has resulted in teardowns and incompatible infill. Their education outreach presents opportunities for residents to participate in workshops by industry professionals that include: tax credit workshops, lectures on sustainability/renovation, masonry restoration work, historic windows, and earthquake retrofitting.
They have shown the community the value of their neighborhood by hosting several walking tours highlighting the diversity of historic architecture within Yalecrest as well as contributing in the development of processes adopted by the Salt Lake City Council in determining how local historic districts are created.
K.E.E.P.’s board and members have been directly involved in submission of the first ten local distoric district applications, successfully attaining four local historic district designations within Yalecrest with more pending. SLC Planning has even commended K.E.E.P. Yalecrest for the quality and thoroughness of these applications.
From their informational blog to advocacy at the State Legislature, K.E.E.P Yalecrest has quickly moved from a grassroots collective to a formidable organization with growing influence. Members of K.E.E.P. have a focused passion on raising awareness of the importance of preservation and the part it plays in the sustainability of our communities.
One of KEEP Yalecrests first blog posts was a collage of original bathroom tiles from Princeton Park local historic district https://keepyalecrest.org/our-work/ .During the Princeton annual December progressive dinner party one resident unveiled their newly remodeled bathroom. They retained their original tile and complemented it with additional and incredible tile work. The art of tile laying is truly apparent. The collage shows the yellow and black original tile; middle of collage third down from top.
The previously untiled arched shower is now a work of art; proving tile laying is a master craft.
Tile work in the 1920’s and 30’s was a selling point for Yalecrest homes; below is an ad from Albert Toronto who designed and built several homes in Princeton Park.