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.
44th Annual Historic Homes Tour
Saturday April 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. â€“ 5:00 p.m.
One of Salt Lakeâ€™s most picturesque neighborhoods, the Harvard and Princeton areas of the Yalecrest neighborhood offers diverse architecture and tree-lined streets. With the help of KEEP Yalecrest, a neighborhood-based preservation non-profit, the community is making great strides in preserving this neighborhood with the researching and nominating of several local historic districts and providing free community education. Come tour the great historic homes in this neighborhood and help support preservation in Utah.
Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event at the tour headquarters.
$20 per person--Advance ticket price and day-of price for Utah Heritage Foundation members
$25 per person--Day-of price
Advance tickets sales end at 5 PM on April 24th, 2015. All persons who walk must have a ticket. All tickets are in the form of our tour brochure, with which you may enter each home on the tour. We do not mail the brochures prior to the event, and all advance and day-of ticket purchasers must pick up their tour brochure(s) at our tour headquarters before going on the tour. The tour is an all-weather, rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds for unused tickets.
Tour attendees should be aware of the following before going on the tour:
- None of the homes are wheelchair accessible, and all have stairs. Attendees should watch their step around and in all parts of homes.
- Attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes.
- Pets are not allowed inside homes.
- All homes are private residences and are only available to tour during the time and day of our tour. We will not reveal the names of the homeowners, nor we will reveal the addresses of homes prior to the tour.
- Photography is permitted only outside the homes and is prohibited inside.
- Attendees are not required to visit all the homes, and may go to each home at their leisure during open hours.
Headquarters and Parking
To be determined.
Our annual Historic Homes Tour is typically the largest event Utah Heritage Foundation organizes alone. We regularly sell one thousand tickets to the tour, requiring more than two hundred volunteers the day of to guide people through the beautiful examples of Utah's historic architecture. All Homes Tour volunteers receive one complimentary admission to the tour. We welcome people of varying backgrounds, ages, and skills to volunteer for the tour. While we are happy to have volunteers before the event, we are now specifically looking for two types of volunteers, with two types of commitment:
Homes Tour chairs organize the volunteer efforts at each home on the tour. These men and women work with the homeowner to ensure that the home is respectable for the tour and respected by the tourists. They assist in researching the home's history and help prepare the script for the docents to use during the tour. They recruit and organize shifts for the volunteer docents at each home.
Homes Tour docents work a roughly two hour shift in one area of the home designated by the chair. The exact length of the shift depends on the number of docents working in a home. Docents will receive a script, which they are expected to memorize and bring to the tour. Docents also ensure that the property is respected and returned to the owner in the condition it was entrusted to us.
Other volunteer opportunities include:
- Preparing tour booklets for sale;
- Setting up signage and the tour headquarters in the morning;
- Selling tickets at tour headquarters through the day;
- Closing homes, cleaning up signage and the tour headquarters at the end of the day;
- Various other activities as weather, traffic and other needs arise.
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Art by Kent Rich. Visit K.E.E.P. Yalecrest for more information.
43rd Annual Historic Homes Tour: Marmalade
Smaller homes and eclectic architecture are the defining characteristics of this Salt Lake City neighborhood founded in large part by the city's working class. The area now known as Marmalade was originally home to streets all named after fruits and nuts. While only some of the streets still bear the historic name, the homes retain many of the historic elements and are contributing to the Capitol Hill Historic District.
Tickets are $25 day-of tour.
$5.00 discount offered when combined with Salt Lake Modern Tour ticket purchase.
Utah Heritage Foundation held its annual Historic Homes Tour in the Normandie Heights area of the Yalecrest neighborhood in Salt Lake City, on May 20, 2000. This beautiful area is considered one of the city's most prestigious neighborhoods because of its exceptional architecture. Consistently large and beautifully landscaped lots characterize the area. The homes all reflect outstanding quality and craftsmanship. Guests enjoyed the eight homes and the Yale LDS Chapel on the tour and the opportunity to walk the wonderful tree lined, winding streets of this park-like neighborhood.
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.
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 cityâ€”recognizing the value of location, architecture, and the scale of walkability that can be found in older neighborhoods.
Utah Heritage Foundation held its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 2, 2009, from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Yalecrest neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Yalecrest is among Salt Lake City's newer National Register-listed Historic District, formally receiving that designation in November 2007. In 2000 and 2004, Utah Heritage Foundation held historic home tours in the Normandie Heights and Gilmer Park subdivisions, respectively, what became the Yalcrest Historic District, and in 2009, we featured the Yale and Upper Yale Park neighborhoods.
Utah Heritage Foundation held its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 1, 2010, from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Federal Heights neighborhood of Salt Lake City. We thank all of the tour sponsors, the homeowners, housechairs, docents, volunteers, and everyone bought tickets and came to see eight wonderful homes this year.In 1862, Fort Douglas was established and started development on the east bench of the valley. A road was built up the hill to the Fort, on what is now South Temple Street. The neighborhoods to the north and west of the fort were known as Butcherville, Popperton Place, Bonneville-on-the-Hill and Federal Heights and would eventually become the first luxury residential suburbs of Salt Lake City.
Utah Heritage Foundation held its 41st annual Historic Homes Tour on May 5, 2012, from 10 AM to 5 PM, along South Temple from 600 to 1200 East. We thank the tour sponsors, the home and building owners, housechairs, docents, volunteers, and everyone bought tickets and came to see eight wonderful buildings this year.
Along South Temple Street you will find the homes of Utah's most influential families, churches, clubhouses from Utah's earliest private clubs, and one of the city's first hospitals. They reflect the work of Utah's most prominent architects and a wide range of architectural styles. The wealth of Utah's mining boom transformed South Temple from a dusty thoroughfare into a stately street with remnants with a prominent address. In addition to mansions remnants of this once opulent past, Sandstone curbs, carriage steps and hitching posts, and lattice light poles make this one of Salt Lake City's greatest treasures.
Utah Heritage Foundation held its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 14, 2011, from 10 AM to 5 PM, in the Westmoreland Place neighborhood, Salt Lake City's newest local historic district, and working toward designation as a national historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. We thank the tour sponsors, the homeowners, housechairs, docents, volunteers, and everyone bought tickets and came to see eight wonderful homes this year.
After Utah obtained its statehood in 1896, the population of Salt Lake City almost doubled from 1900 to 1910. Real estate developers platted the land and vigorously promoted new subdivisions on the east bench of the valley. Streetcars brought residents of the new areas southeast of the city to jobs and shopping downtown. Residents could get from Westmoreland Place to the business center in eighteen minutes on a streetcar line that ran along 1500 East.