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2002 Heritage Awards

Each year, through its Heritage Awards Program, the Utah Heritage Foundation recognizes projects, organizations, and individuals across the state that exemplify a commitment to excellence in preservation. In 2002, the foundation is presented 12 Heritage Awards.

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 loving renovation of local landmarks, exciting adaptive use projects, dedicated homeowners, creative partnerships, models of wise stewardship, and innovative technologies.

Utah Heritage Foundation congratulates all of the award recipients and thanks them for their contributions to preserving Utah's architectural heritage.

On November 1, over 240 Utah Heritage Foundation members and friends enjoyed an exciting evening at the University of Utah's Fort Douglas Heritage Commons. The event began with a reception at the historic Fort Douglas Officers' Club. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and then ventured out into the chilly night to tour the renovated Fort Douglas Post Chapel and Commander's Residence.

Following the reception, guests gathered in the restored Post Theater for the Heritage Awards Ceremony. Anne Racer, Director of University of Utah Facilities Planning, offered a brief overview of the university's efforts to create a world-class student living environment at Fort Douglas. Then KTVX news anchor Chris Vanocur conducted the ceremony recognizing the achievements of the 12 Heritage Award recipients.

UHF sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2002 Heritage Awards Ceremony: American Express Centurion Bank, Capitol Restoration Group - VCBO Architecture, MJSA Architecture, & Schooley Caldwell Associates, Cooper Roberts Simonsen Architects, Salt Lake City Zoo, Arts & Parks Fund, Salt Lake Magazine, EMA Architects, and Zions Bank. We also owe a special debt of gratitude to UHF's Special Events Committee for organizing this wonderful event.

Walker Mansion, Salt Lake City

The historic Walker Mansion has long been one of the architectural jewels of Salt Lake City's prestigious South Temple Street. But when Philip McCarthey purchased the mansion in 1999, it was in need of both cosmetic and structural attention.

The original entryway to the Walker Mansion was altered years ago. Using historic photos as a guide, the renovation team recreated the historic curved entry stairs, planters, and lion head sculptures. The highly decorative roof features had also suffered. The Spanish tile roof had been replaced with bar tile, the beautiful eaves were boxed in, and seven ornamental chimney caps were lost. Great care was taken to expose, repair, and replace historic features to return the roof to its original appearance.

An office addition was roughly attached to the mansion in 1955, damaging the exterior walls of the original mansion. To re-establish the historic exterior and better separate the addition from the original building, the historic walls were repaired, masonry infill was removed from original windows, and a new skylight installed. A terrace was cut into the addition and covered with a steeply pitched roof to create further visual separation on the north side of the mansion.

The interior restoration included using historic photos to replace missing fireplaces and cleaning the spectacular stained glass skylight. Bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor were modified for office use while maintaining their historic residential character. New offices built in the attic level preserve the original fireplaces.

As one Heritage Award juror put it, the Walker Mansion renovation has" de-seventy-ized" the building and restored much of its historic integrity. The project both insures the long-term preservation of an important building and enhances South Temple's historic streetscape.