Seven homes and two historic churches in Salt Lake City’s Marmalade neighborhood will be featured Saturday, May 10, during the 43rd Annual Homes Tour.
The homes reflect the eclectic nature of the Marmalade, an area where the streets were originally named after fruits and nuts, according to Kirk Huffaker, president of the Utah Heritage Foundation, which sponsors the tour. Some of the streets still have the historic names, and many of the homes retain their historic elements.
“Settled in the early days of Salt Lake City, the Marmalade neighborhood is distinguished from others by steep, narrow, angular streets, mature landscaping and a surprising variety of vintage residential buildings,” Huffaker said. “The homes on the tour reflect styles of architecture that make the area so fun and interesting.”
The docent-led tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are part of the foundation’s annual three-day Preservation Conference. On Thursday, May 8, the 2014 Heritage Awards recipients will be honored during a banquet at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City (see the accompanying list of award recipients).
The conference continues Friday, May 9, at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, with educational seminars from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Charles Belfoure, an architect and author of “The Paris Architect,” is keynote speaker at 11 a.m.
But the highlight for most is the tour, which includes a home owned by Richard Vaughen Morris. It was built to resemble the letter I — a common rural style popular in the Midwest. It has a formal, central passage that connects to rooms on each side of the hall on two stories.
The neighborhood also includes many examples of early two-family homes, or duplexes, as well as some of the most distinctive historic Mormon meetinghouses in the area, two of which will be open for touring.
Huffaker said that while this neighborhood is a modest monument to the skill, taste and resourcefulness of its pioneer inhabitants, Utahns should not overlook the modern contributions — the urban pioneers who embarked on an ambitious agenda to revitalize the district by living there and, through restoration, recapturing the worth and beauty of the area’s older homes.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. Tour participants can get a discount if they also purchase tickets for the Salt Lake Modern Tour on June 14. That tour will feature homes in the upper Avenues developed starting in the early 1950s and known as North Hills and Northcrest.
Each year, the Utah Heritage Foundation recognizes projects, organizations and individuals that exemplify excellence in historic preservation. The 2014 winners are:
Downtown Developers for The Salt Lake Tribune Building, Salt Lake City
Draper City for the Day Barn, Draper
Stabilization, restoration or renovation
Allen Family for the CC Keller Building, Ogden
Jim Laub for Herm’s Inn, Logan
Scott and Connie Maves, 1341 E. Michigan Ave., Salt Lake City
Craig Paulsen for the Baxter House, Spring City
Jim and Mel Robertson, 929 Park Ave., Park City
Kelly and Macae Wanberg, Grantsville Church, Grantsville
Wasatch Academy for Liberal Hall, Mount Pleasant
Beverly Hanson and Myron Willson, 1025 E. Herbert Ave., Salt Lake City
Gordon Wood for the Brinton-Dahl House, Salt Lake City
Ladies’ Literary Club, Salt Lake City
Utah Center for Architecture, Salt Lake City
Lucybeth Rampton Lifetime Achievement Award
Cindy Cromer, Salt Lake City
Home sweet home in the Marmalade
Seven homes and two historic churches in Salt Lake City’s Marmalade neighborhood will be featured during the 43rd annual Homes Tour, sponsored by Utah Heritage Foundation.
When • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where • Tours start at the Old Rock Church, 413 N. West Capitol St.
Tickets • $20 per person in advance and for foundation members; or $25 on the day of the tour
Details • 801-533-0858 ext. 107 or www.utahheritagefoundation.org