The Utah Heritage Foundation announced its 1988 Preservation Award winners. Each year the Utah Heritage Foundation honors the accomplishments of individuals, corporations and organizations for preserving, restoring and rehabilitating Utah's architectural heritage.
The 1988 Heritage Citation Award, given for excellence in various aspects of preservation over a period of years, will be presented to William G. Stehlin for his "rehabilitations of numerous residences in Salt Lake City historic districts," according to the jury. "Mr. Stehlin's urban pioneering work has contributed significantly to restoring the residential fabric to some badly deteriorated neighborhoods."Between 1974 and 1980, Mr. Stehlin bought and rehabilitated eight properties on Capitol Hill and one in the Avenues. In each case he 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 form. He served as his own contractor, secured financing - which was difficult for such projects - and completed much of the work himself. He lived in Capitol Hill, in the houses he worked on and was an advance advocate for the area. Bill is an "urban pioneer" who saw the potential of the Capitol Hill area and contributed to the improvement and stabilization of the neighborhood that was needed to convince the city council to declare the historic district. Mr. Stehlin is a 1979 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law.
The 1988 Heritage Service Award, presented to a group or individual which has furthered preservation goals, will be awarded to the Park City Historic District Grant Program.
The Park City Historic District Commission developed a program of matching grants for owners of historic structures. Some $145,000 was allocated in 1987 and 33 grants were made to residential and commercial structures. The city's portion of the grant is used for exterior work benefiting the entire community. Park City has been struggling for years trying to encourage preservation and had little success until this program was devised and approved.
The Project Awards are given for outstanding residential, commercial or public restoration. The 1988 Project Awards are: Wells Fargo Building, Silver Reef, Utah, Joy Henderlider will accept the award. "The efforts to save what is left of Silver Reef and the Wells Fargo Building is to be commended," the awards jury said. "The desert has a way of reclaiming early pioneer structures and it is only through such efforts that pieces of Utah's roots are retained."
John Frank Allred School House/Endowment House, Spring City, Utah, Randall Lake, Owner. "You have saved and restored a very elegant pioneer building," the jury said.
Babcock Pace and Associates Office, Salt Lake City, Utah, John E. Pace, owner. The jury reporting on the adaptive re-use of the former Quality Press Printing Building, said "the creative re-use 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 of the City of Spanish Fork, Utah. The city of Spanish Fork is commended for the adaptive re-use of the old Thurber 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," the jury said. "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."
The jury for the 1988 Annual Preservation Awards consisted of Tom Carter, William Weyher and Dwight Nicholson.