Small-lot Garden Tour Coming to Yalecrest

Attention Yalecrest Gardeners

Join your fellow K.E.E.P. members and Cynthia Bee in hosting the GardenComm Small-Lot City Gardens Tour to be held in Yalecrest.

Saturday, September 7th
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour begins at Harvard Triangle – Harvard Avenue and 1300 East

GardenComm is a highly respected organization of garden aficionado professionals. These members work with arboretums, garden centers, landscape architects and designers.  This is a free event for GardenComm, K.E.E.P. Yalecrest members and the homeowners on the tour route.

The tour route is 1300-1500 East on Harvard, Normandie Circle, Princeton, Laird, Uintah and Laird Circle.

Volunteers are needed to be garden docents, reception hosts or tour guides. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Greenwood or Lynn Pershing by August 1st at info @



Third Annual Historic Homes Walking Tour

Join us Saturday, October 24th, to learn about the first homes built in the Yalecrest National Historic District. The area’s first subdivision was platted in 1911, with homes constructed as early as 1912 and 1913.

Docents along the way will provide information about the earliest residents, architects and builders of the 100+ year-old homes, and you can journey at your own pace on this self-guided tour of exteriors only. The walk is three to four blocks long, generally heading up 900 South. Learn about architecture, changes to street and rail lines, and the “sunken gardens” of Red Butte Creek.

Meet at the grassy island on 9th South and 14th East, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tour is free to members of K.E.E.P. Yalecrest, and a $5 donation is suggested for those who are not members. Join K.E.E.P. Yalecrest today or at the tour!

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Beware of Disinformation

An anonymous flyer is floating around the neighborhood, landing on doorsteps before residents awake. Someone not willing to take credit for the scare tactic is spreading their opinions and unsupported claims to scare homeowners on streets where LHD applications are in process.

Always consider the official source of information for Salt Lake City local historic district designations—the Salt Lake City Planning Division. Visit the website or contact the Historic Preservation Program Manager: Michaela Oktay, 801.535.6003

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Masonry Upkeep on Your Historic Home

K.E.E.P. Yalecrest hosts another talk for residents to learn more about caring for their historic homes.  This month John Lambert, founder and president of Abstract Masonry Restoration, Inc. of Salt Lake City and Boston, will speak on masonry repairs such as repointing, chimney upkeep, and cleaning.

logoBring your questions Monday, Sept. 15 to Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 S. 2100 E. at 7 p.m. See you then!


How to ruin a streetscape

Demolition of 1547 E. Harvard Avenue is coming

Many developers, contractors and realtors see our historic Yalecrest neighborhood as a money-making device and target our homes for profit. They see Yalecrest as a charming neighborhood and a desirable homesite, but don’t consider exactly what makes it attractive—the historic streetscapes. They don’t realize demolishing a home forever ruins the continuity of scale and architecture on a block and that loss of our precious buildings weakens the recognition Yalecrest enjoys on the National Register of Historic Places and as a treasured historic site in the state of Utah.


Many prominent Utahns numerous generations of families have made Yalecrest their home over its 100-year lifetime. Some homes are cozy and small yet full of craftsmanship and unique details. Others are larger and ornate and designed by well-known architects and builders of the time. They all tell a story of the shaping of the Yalecrest neighborhood—and of Salt Lake City—over 22 subdivisions and 27 years of development.

This is why we at K.E.E.P. Yalecrest have formed around a mission to encourage the preservation of our neighborhood, rich in history, families and memories.  Sadly, this little bungalow was left vacant by its owner and did not receive needed care and attention.  Some feel its status as an eyesore makes it a candidate for removal.  It’s been listed for sale and a neighbor even offered to purchase it at a fair price, but the current owner/developer has decided he’ll make more money on a rebuild. Likely the only way to achieve a decent profit will be to build a structure much larger than the other one-story cottages on the street.  Will it stand out? Most definitely. Will it shadow its neighbors and encroach on their privacy?  Quite likely. Does it matter how it impacts the nearby residents, and the neighborhood as a whole? Not the current owner developer Lane Myers and his partner Mike Baird of TV FlipMen fame.

Watch this video to see the streetscape last fall:


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Event Tuesday – Seismic Retrofitting

Seismic Retrofitting Your Home

The board of K.E.E.P. Yalecrest is excited to present another free workshop providing information on upkeep for your historic Yalecrest home.

This is a valuable session geared toward homeowners interested in preventing severe damage or loss of their home should a major earthquake occur.
WHAT:      Seismic Retrofitting Your Home
WHO:        Donald Hartley, Historical Architect, Utah Division of State History
WHEN:      Tuesday, March 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:    Anderson-Foothill Library, downstairs, 1135 S. 2100 E.

Salt Lake City Weekly “gets it”

The Salt Lake City Weekly newspaper printed the following blurb Oct. 9 in its “Hits & Misses” column. It’s a great summary of the last few year’s of the destruction—and desire to stop it—in our neighborhood.


Hold On to History 
It has been a long, hard haul for preservationists, who faced a legislative moratorium on the creation of historic districts thanks to a 2011 bill that effectively opened the neighborhood to teardowns—there have been 23 over the past decade; about five a year, according to the Utah Heritage Foundation. Now the moratorium has been lifted, and Salt Lake City’s Yalecrest area has started a nonprofit called K.E.E.P. Yalecrest to educate homeowners and help preserve homes on the National Register of Historical Places. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the group will host a walking tour highlighting 15 homes. Meanwhile, the first application for a Local Historic District has been filed in the area. Preservationists may still have their day.

City Weekly Oct 9 2013