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Arla Funk, Salt Lake City

Lucybeth Rampton Award

The Lucybeth Rampton Award was established in 1994 in honor of former First Lady Lucybeth Rampton. Mrs. Rampton was a founding member of Utah Heritage Foundation and a lifelong advocate of the preservation of 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 impacted the preservation movement in Utah.

One of Arla Funk's first experiences in historic preservation was in the 1970s working alongside her husband, Albert, who was serving on the East Central Community Council. With developers moving into their neighborhood, tearing down single family homes, and replacing them with apartment buildings, the council was trying to have the area re-zoned. She agreed to help with a door-to-door neighborhood survey to help in the preservation effort. With Arla's help the city was successful in re-zoning the neighborhood.

In 1991, Arla worked closely with the Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Committee to nominate the University neighborhood as a local historic district. She photographed each home in the area and personally wrote and submitted the nomination to the city, which is hundreds of hours of work. By 1995,the groundwork she layedwas used to get the neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Later, Arla was appointed to the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. She served for eight years including a time as Vice Chair. Some of the major issues during this time included the sensitive location of telephone cell towers and the formation and design of Sugar House Commons. On these projects Arla grew more into into a role as a spokesperson beyond her neighborhood and for the entire city because of her desire to do what is best for the city.

Last year, Arla was appointed to the Landmarks Commission by Mayor Ralph Becker. Currently, she is helping the Commission re-write the economic hardship provisions because of their is consensus that there are several loopholes in definitions and terminology.While serving in all these public process roles, Arla and her husband Albert, have rehabilitated two buildings, a duplex and another building containing seven apartments, and returned them to single family dwellings. They have also purchased a home at 20 "O" Street where they restored the historic façade and sold it as a single family residence. Over the span of more than 30 years, they have owned and rehabilitated eight different properties, five of which are historic, but all have benefitted Salt Lake City's neighborhoods.

Arla has been so successful at what she does because she sees a situation, is able to understand what is driving a decision and is determined to get to the real issues. Her tenacity and gentle unassuming manner have made her a force to be reckoned with in our public process for historic preservation in Utah.