1999 Heritage Awards
Each year, through its Heritage Awards Program, the Utah Heritage Foundation recognizes projects, organizations, and individuals throughout the state that exemplify a commitment to excellence in preservation. In 1999, the Foundation is presented 12 Heritage Awards and a Lucybeth Rampton Award at a ceremony October 15, 1999, at Salt Lake City's Exchange Place landmark, the Commercial Club Building. Each award recipient offers a model for meeting the challenges of preservation that others can draw on in their own endeavors. As a group, the recipients represent the many and varied ways preservation is accomplished in our communities. They include the preservation of local landmarks, adaptive use projects, dedicated homeowners, a feasibility study, preservation-minded government agencies, community leaders, and extraordinary preservation volunteers. Utah Heritage Foundation congratulates all of the award recipients and thanks them for their contributions to preserving Utah's architectural heritage.
The Utah Heritage Foundation is very pleased to be presenting a Lucybeth Rampton Award this year. Established in 1994, this award was named in honor of former First Lady Lucybeth Rampton, a founding member of Utah Heritage Foundation and lifelong advocate for preserving Utah's architectural heritage. The Lucybeth Rampton Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to historic preservation and whose vision and activities have significantly contributed to the preservation movement. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation.
Tina Lewis is a visionary. For more than 20 years, her vision has impelled skeptics to see the value of preserving our past. Her vision has moved buildings out of the path of demolition -- both figuratively and literally. Her vision has helped transform historic preservation from the dream of a few to a vibrant reality of Utah's community life.
Tina began her volunteer career in preservation shortly after moving to Park City in 1976. "Tina was really the first person in Park City to acknowledge the need for preservation," explains Park City Mayor Brad Olch. "Without her leadership and guidance, Park City wouldn't look the way it does today." In the mid-1970s, Park City was struggling economically and many residents believed the city should modernize and get rid of their "junky" old mining buildings to compete with ski towns in Colorado. Tina saw, however, that preserving Park City's past was key to promoting its future.
A brief list of Tina's many projects in Park City will explain why she is considered the city's matriarch of preservation. When the historic Miner's Hospital was threatened with demolition in the late 1970s, Tina spearheaded the effort to move the massive brick building nearly a mile and restore it as the Park City library. After being elected to the city council in 1979, Tina directed the restoration of the Park City's historic City Hall and helped found the museum it now houses. She was also a founder of the Park City Historic District Commission and key in developing the historic district guidelines that protect buildings in the district from insensitive alterations. After a decade of guiding preservation efforts in Park City, Tina took on a leadership
role in the statewide preservation movement. For the last 11 years Tina has served on the Utah Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees. As a board member Tina tackled jobs that make most people cringe, including chairing numerous special events and soliciting countless donations. In addition, she has pushed Utah Heritage Foundation to expand its advocacy role and cultivated a broad base of financial support that has enabled the foundation to expand services and grow in stature. Tina's strong leadership has helped make Utah Heritage Foundation a recognized and respected community stakeholder.
Having made her mark on the local and state preservation movements, Tina was recruited for service on the national level. Since 1991, Tina has served as one of Utah's two advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In this capacity, she has brought the Trust's influence to bear on critical preservation issues in Utah. For example, Tina played an active role in developing preservation guidelines for historic Fort Douglas, worked to have the fort designated an official "Save America's Treasures" site, and is raising funds to restore the fort's historic buildings.
In 1997 Tina began a term as chair of the Trust's National Board of Advisors and a member of its Board of Trustees. Surely one of its strongest and most active chairs, Tina created new forums for the advisors to develop and influence national preservation policy.
When Tina completed her term as chair of the National Board of Advisors in October, she said she would retire from preservation to pursue her many other passions. We hope that she will rest but not retire because her absence would be keenly felt.
Utah Heritage Foundation is proud to honor Tina with a Lucybeth Rampton Award. For as National Trust Trustee Rob White notes, Tina's impact on historic preservation in Utah can only be described as "incalculable. "