The Park City Historic District Commission and a Salt Lake businessman who bought and rehabilitated eight properties on Capitol Hill and the Avenues are among Utah Heritage Foundation award winners.
Tuesday the foundation, which honors the accomplishments of individuals, corporations and organizations for preserving, restoring and rehabilitating Utah's architectural heritage, also announced officers for 1988-89.Burtch W. Beall Jr., a Salt Lake architect and former adjunct professor in the University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture, will serve as president.
William G. Stehlin, recipient of the 1988 Heritage Citation Award, was honored for rehabilitation of numerous residences in Salt Lake City historic districts. Stehlin's "urban pioneering work has contributed significantly to restoring the residential fabric to some badly deteriorated neighborhoods," the foundation jury said.
In each of his projects Stehlin stabilized structural problems and maintained the original character of the exterior. Some of the buildings had been turned into apartments, and he restored them to the original single family design.
Stehlin was his own contractor, secured financing, difficult for such projects, and completed much of the work himself. A 1979 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, Stehlin was commended for being an urban pioneer who contributed to the improvement and stabilization of the neighborhood that was needed to convince the City Council to declare the area an historic district.
The Park City commission was named winner of the 1988 Heritage Service Award for its grant program, which matches grants for owners of historic structures. Last year $145,000 was allocated and 33 grants made to residential and commercial structures. The city's portion of the grant is used for exterior work that benefits the entire community.
Park City has been struggling for years to encourage preservation, having little success until the grant program was approved, the foundation said.
1988 Project Awards:
- Wells Fargo Building, Silver Reef, Washington County. Joy Henderlider will accept the award. "Efforts to save what is left of Silver Reef and the Wells Fargo Building are to be commended," the awards jury said.
- John Frank Allred School House/Endowment House, Spring City, Sanpete County. Randall Lake, owner. "You have saved and restored a very elegant pioneer building."
- Babcock Pace and Associates Office, Salt Lake City. John E. Pace, owner. The jury reporting on the adaptive reuse of the former Quality Press Printing Building said, "The creative reuse of what appeared to be a simple factory space is to be commended. It is always refreshing to see existing building stock recycled in new and sensitive ways."
- Thurber School, Spanish Fork. The jury commended the city for adaptive reuse of the old school. "We're pleased to see a local government make the commitment to restore an existing public building into what appears to be pleasant city offices. Spanish Fork proves that much of the existing building stock can be brought back to a useful service and be a source of pride to the community."
Other foundation officers are William H. Adams, vice president; Diana S. Ellis, secretary; and Kent Money, treasurer. New members of the board of trustees are Cathleen Clark, Barbara G. Cowley, Peter Freed, Raye T. Graham, Michael F. Jones, Tina Lewis, James W. McPherson III, Yan M. Ross, Jonathan Sweet and Adams, Ellis, Money and William Weyher.