Annual Historic Homes Tour
Since 1971, Utah Heritage Foundation has held a tour of historic homes in a different neighborhoods in Utah. Previous tours have been held in the South Temple, Yalecrest, Normandie Heights, Avenues, Capitol Hill, Downtown, Federal Heights, and Westmoreland Place and Heights neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, as well as parts of Bountiful, Farmington, Copperton, Magna, and Park City.
Utah Heritage Foundation hosted Architecture's Tradition: The Avenues Homes Tour, our Annual Historic Building Tour on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors saw how the styles of Utah’s architecture evolved from 1850 to 1950 in the historic Avenues neighborhood.Utah Heritage Foundation welcomed visitors to 2008's Historic Homes Tour in the Avenues. The theme, Architecture's Tradition, showcased the architectural diversity of the Avenues neighborhood. The stewardship found in each of this 2008's nine homes also showcased a tradition of sustainability that the historic buildings and neighborhoods like the Avenues have provided for families for a century. Our deepest thanks to all the homeowners and residents who help to preserve the historic significance of the Avenues and its history.
Tickets for the Tour cost $15 for UHF Members and $20 for the public. The tour was headquartered at the Fuller Paint Building, home of Big-D Construction Corporation at 404 West 400 South. Visitors drove to each place on the tour.
After the railroad came to Salt Lake City in the 1870s, the blocks just west of West Temple became the literal "gateway" to the of the city. Here ethnic and economic diversity belied the homogeneity of the residential east side. Colorful ethnic business—Greek coffeehouses or Japanese noodle shops served a population different from that of the mainstream. In the same way, today you see sharp contrasts of the rich historic fabric of industrial complexes like the Ford Motor Company or the Firestone Building sit kitty- corner to new hotels. Downtown has always been distinguished by the the mix of old and the new, but nowhere in a more authentic and textured mix than on its West side.
On Saturday, September 16, 2006, our tour visited seven homes in the Capitol Hill, Federal Heights, and Yalecrest neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, all which exhibited important principles of compatible design. Several of the homes were eventually featured in our 2008 book Celebrating Compatible Design: Creating New Spaces in Historic Homes.
Salt Lake City's historic neighborhoods have seen a resurgence of popularity over the last several years. People are returning to the city—recognizing the value of location, architecture, and the scale of walkability that can be found in older neighborhoods.
Our 2005 Historic Homes Tour was held May 21, showing seven homes from B to H Streets along 11th Avenue in Salt Lake City.
On the northern edge of Salt Lake City and to the east of Utah's magnificent capitol building, you can see the rising slopes that make up the Avenues neighborhood.
Salt Lake City's Avenues district creates distinctive neighborhoods known for their charming historic houses, mature streetscape, and a prominent, small block grid plan that climbs up the hill and reinforces the continuity of the street grid below.