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2012 Heritage Awards

Utah Heritage Foundation honored eighteen individuals and groups with Heritage Awards, and individuals with the Lucybeth Rampton Lifetime Achievement Award at a luncheon event on May 4, 2012, at the Salt Lake Masonic Lodge.

Each award recipient represents a model that others can look to for meeting the challenges of preservation. As a group, the recipients represent the many and varied ways preservation is accomplished in our communities. They include: exciting adaptive use projects, the tireless efforts of dedicated homeowners, threatened buildings that have been saved from destruction, and the lifetime efforts of a committed preservationist. Through this awards program, Utah Heritage Foundation congratulates our award recipients and thanks them for their contribution to preserving Utah's architectural heritage.

Abraham Owen Smoot House, Provo

This home was originally built for Abraham Owen Smoot who immigrated to Utah with the Mormon Pioneers. He lived first in Salt Lake City where he served as Mayor from 1857 to 1866. After his term, he was called by Brigham Young to move to Provo to handle LDS church affairs and was elected mayor of Provo a few days after his arrival. As an important member of the community, he was also named president of the first board of trustees for Brigham Young Academy, later Brigham Young University.

Smoot's home also played a role in building of the Provo Tabernacle, as the family mortgaged the home to raise the funds required for its construction. Descendants of the original owner, Julia and Reed Smoot have long known the historic value of their home located on 100 South in Provo and they have spent many years documenting and preserving the home in its original condition.

Their most recent restoration project consisted of rebuilding the porch on the northeast corner of the home. The porch had functioned well for over one hundred years but had become unstable due to the slow decay of the wood framing. But this is not the first restoration project Julia and Reed had taken on. They have been working meticulously for years to maintain their home, keeping it much the same as it was when it was originally built by Reed's great grandfather. The process has taken many years and they continue working to maintain the rich legacy of our forefathers and the craftsmanship that this home represents. They epitomize the true nature of preserving our heritage and legacy.

Utah Heritage Foundation presented the Julia and Reed Smoot with a Heritage Award for the restoration of the Reed Smoot House in Provo.