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Preservation Conference 2015


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The ninth annual Utah Preservation Conference, Preservation in Motion, will provide you with the tools and inspiration you need to move you to action. Whether it's rehabbing your own property or passing a new ordinance, the Utah Preservation Conference is your local resource for training, education, and networking with professionals in historic preservation from across the state and region. As time moves forward, historic architecture evolves with our communities. Attend the conference to get the latest on the impact of historic preservation and how to build community through the evolving mix of historic, mid-century, and contemporary architecture that help our communities thrive and create economic impact.

The 2015 Utah Preservation Conference brings together preservationists from around the state.

 Check out some of the presentations from the 2015 conference (click on them to download):

Bim Oliver, Mid Mod at the U of U 

Kirk Huffaker, Mid Century Features, Part 1

Ulibarri, Mid Century Features, Part 2

Myron Willson, Mid Century Features, Part 3

Tom Carter, Building Zion

Susan Rugh, Motels Go to the Moon

Susan Crook, Ogden Union Stockyards

Online regisration is now closed for the Heritage Awards dinner and the Preservation Conference. 

To purchase tickets over the phone, call Liz at (801) 588-0858 ext. 107

To purchase Homes Tour tickets click here.

Thank you to our supporters, without whom we could not present this event: 

Preservation Council

Big-D Construction Corp.

Internet Properties Inc.

Sally Mulford Patrick Charitable Fund


Utah Division of State History

Presenting Sponsors


Capitol Hill Construction

Preservation Partners

Abstract Masonry Restoration


Home-Tech, Inc.

Lloyd Architects

Park City Historical Society & Museum

Mike Evertsen, Realtor – Plumb & Co.

Rimini Coffee and Sugar House Coffee

Weber County Heritage Foundation

Zions Bank

Preservation Associates

EDA Architects

National Park Service, Heritage Partnership Program

O.C. Tanner

Ray, Quinney & Nebeker


Continuing Support

Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund

Now Playing Utah


Download a copy of the 2015 Preservation Conference Brochure

Download a copy of the 2015 Conference Schedule- Subject to Change

Heritage Awards Dinner 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Leonardo

The evening will include dinner and presentation to this year’s Heritage Award winners. These awards are given only to building owners, companies and individuals who have shown the highest standard of preservation in their projects. If you haven’t been to the ceremony before, it’s a wonderful show that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated by the display of commitment.


6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Cocktails and Meet 'n Greet
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Ceremony


Winners will be notified by January. Owner’s of Heritage Award winning projects will receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner and awards ceremony. If you have any questions regarding the Heritage Awards process and program, please call or email UHF Public Outreach Director Alison Flanders at (801) 533-0858 ext. 101.


Keynote Speaker 2015








"Modernism's Back: The Past and Future of Midcentury Modern Architecture"

Friday, March 13, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Officers Club, Fort Douglas, U of U

Architect and historian Alan Hess is the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News and a contributor to the Architect’s Newspaper. He has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century, and is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the United States’ largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s. Join us for his Keynote Address as he talks about the Mid-Century Modern movement in Utah and how it relates to attitudes about modern architecture nationwide.
Hess will be available to sign books during the lunch hour. The King's English Bookshop will be providing books for sale.

Education Sessions 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Officers Club, Fort Douglas, University of Utah, SLC

Map of the campus with the Officers Club in the blue box. There will be signs directing you where to park.

Fort Douglas Map - from U of U













$15 per person in advance / $20 day-of conference.


REHAB IT RIGHT: Seismic Upgrades for Homeowners
REHAB IT RIGHT: Repairing Your Historic Masonry - The definite DO’s and DON’TS
REHAB IT RIGHT: Historic Wood Windows
True Grit: Preserving our Industrial Heritage
Building Zion: From Field Work to Bookstore
Preservation in Ogden: Making the right Moves
Mid-Century Features: Should They Stay or Go?
Bim Takes You to School: Mid-Mod at the U of U
Motels Go to the Moon – Preserving Historic Motor Courts
and more

 Click here to download the complete schedule

Our Education Sessions cover a variety of topics from preservation experts in our community.   Whether you need basic preservation training, ideas on how to fix your historic windows or masonry, or a way to network with others about what has worked, our sessions are for you! 

Our final education session of the day will be a walking tour entitled: "Taking You to School: Mid-Mod at the U of U".

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Meet in the Officers Club Lobby

Be among the first to hear the findings of the Post-war architecture survey as we take you on a tour of the University campus highlighting the Mid-Century Modern structures that make this campus unique.



Walking Tour 2015



Friday, March 13, 2015

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Meet in the Officers Club Lobby

Utah Heritage Foundation is conducting research in partnership with Utah Division of State History and University of Utah to survey the University of Utah Campus and over forty structures that were built after 1949. This important project will help all of us understand the story of why and how these buildings were built and place them within a context to determine their historic and architectural significance. Be among the first to hear the findings from this survey as we take you on a tour of the University campus highlighting the Mid-Century Modern structures that make this campus unique.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance / $25 day-of tour.

The tour will not be cancelled on account of rain. Plan accordingly. There are no refunds and we make no guarantees that the tour is ADA accessible. Other than service animals, pets are not allowed.