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Utah’s Latest Additions to the National Register

Check out the latest historic buildings in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Dyre & Maria Amundsen House, Murray; Twenty-Ninth Ward LDS Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City; Western Macaroni Manufacturing Company Factory, Salt Lake City; and the Weber River Railroad Bridge, Ogden.

Dyre & Maria Amundsen House
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah

UT_Salt Lake County_Amundsen House_0001 (Medium)Statement of Significance:
The Dyre and Maria Amundsen House, built in 1891 and restored in 1998, is locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. Although the Victorian-style one-story brick house was converted to an office in 2004, a number of notable exterior and interior features have been preserved. These include the granite foundation, a tall wood mantel, and plaster ceiling medallions. The house was owned and occupied by members of the Amundsen family for over one hundred years. During that time, the house was transformed from a brick farmhouse for a major farmstead to an asbestos covered suburban home to a restored Victorian landmark. The house is particularly remarkable for its survival at the edge of an explosion of residential and commercial development that took place in Murray between the 1950s and 1970s. The period of significance dates from the construction of the house in 1891 to the remodeling in 1951. The house is a particularly elaborate early example of a cross-wing Victorian cottage in Murray, especially considering the construction materials were acquired by the barter system common for the time period. The property meets the registration requirements under the Multiple Property Submission, Historic Resources of Murray City, Utah, 1850–1967. The associated historic contexts are “Early Residential and Agricultural Buildings of Murray, 1850-1910” and the “Americanization of Murray’s Residential Architecture, 1902-1965.” The Dyre and Maria Amundsen House has good historic integrity and contributes to the historic character of its Murray neighborhood.

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Dyre & Amaria Amundsen House

Twenty-Ninth Ward LDS Meetinghouse
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

Statement of Significance: 29th-Ward_001A
The Twenty-Ninth Ward LDS Meetinghouse is locally significant under Criterion A in the areas of Religion and Entertainment/Recreation. In the area of Religion, the two major building phases between 1902 and 1926 document changes in LDS meetinghouse construction, as well as worship and social usage in the early twentieth century. The historical significance falls under Criterion Consideration A as a former religious-use property. The Victorian Gothic Chapel/Assembly Hall, built between 1902 and 1905, was designed by a prominent Salt Lake builder, but was primarily financed and the construction executed by local ward members. The Amusement Hall addition, built in 1926, was also financed and constructed by ward members, but the LDS Church’s expanded architecture department was more involved in the design and oversight. The building is also significant in the area of Entertainment/Recreation as an important gathering place in its west side community. In addition to providing worship space for the majority of neighborhood residents who were members of the LDS Church, the building was the center for entertainment and social activities for a working-class neighborhood isolated from the more vibrant parts of the city by a barrier of rail yards and a limited mass transit system on the west side. The period of significance spans both the religious and recreational use of the building beginning with the construction of the basement in 1902 and ending with the final remodeling by the LDS Church in 1960, after which many of the recreational functions were moved to newer buildings. The Twenty-Ninth Ward LDS Meetinghouse retains its historic integrity for the period of significance and is a contributing landmark in its west side Salt Lake City neighborhood.

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29th Ward LDS Meetinghouse

Western Macaroni Manufacturing Company Factory
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

UT_Salt-Lake_Co_Western-Macaroni_003AStatement of Significance:
The Western Macaroni Manufacturing Company Factory, built in 1900 and expanded in 1915, is locally significant under Criterion A in the areas of Commerce and Ethnic Heritage. The period of significance is defined by the use of the building by the Western Macaroni Company between 1905 and 1942. In 1905, the Western Macaroni Company began leasing the modest three-story brick factory within Salt Lake City’s emerging industrial district. By 1915 when the company expanded the building with a four-story addition, the Western Macaroni Company was the largest producer and distributor of pasta in the Intermountain West. Under Criterion A, the building is significant in the area of Commerce for its contributions to the economic output of Utah during this period. Despite its modest size, the Western Macaroni Company produced up to six tons of pasta per day and shipped product throughout the western United States and Canada. In the area of Ethnic Heritage, the Western Macaroni Company was founded by Italian immigrants and became one of the most successful Italian-American businesses in Utah. During its nearly forty years of operation, the Western Macaroni Company was praised as an example of both the successful assimilation of immigrants into the American economic system and the widespread dissemination of an immigrant food product, primarily macaroni and spaghetti, into mainstream American consumption. The Western Macaroni Company produced forty-five varieties of pasta, not only for the Italian community, but specialized products for other immigrant groups. The building is being nominated as part of the Salt Lake City Business District Multiple Resource Area context. The Western Macaroni Manufacturing Company Factory is the only extant historic pasta factory building in Salt Lake City and is a contributing historic resource in the city’s west-side commercial and industrial business district.

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Western Macaroni Mfg Co Factory

Weber River Railroad Bridge
Ogden, Weber County

Statement of Significance: UT_Weber County_Weber River RR Bridge_0001
The Weber River Railroad Bridge, built in 1897, and located in Ogden, Utah, is significant statewide under Criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, the bridge is significant in the area of Transportation. It is the only known Pegram truss span in use in its original location in the United States and is the oldest known railroad bridge in Utah in its original location. Although Ogden is steeped in railroad history, its railroad related resources have increasingly diminished, further adding to the bridge’s importance. The bridge represents an outgrowth of the railroad’s boom era of growth and expansion in Ogden during the late nineteenth century. Under Criterion C, the bridge is significant in the area of Engineering. It provides a glimpse into the region’s solution to the challenge of bridge design and construction during a time of great transportation and industrial development, and is located on the first railroad line (as directed by Brigham Young) in Utah after the Transcontinental Railroad was completed. The bridge is a good example of George H. Pegram’s truss design, being the only Pegram truss type in Utah. It remains unaltered, in its original location, and has continually carried train traffic across the Weber River since it was constructed. The bridge retains remarkable integrity and serves as a notable reflection of Pegram’s overall engineering skills and is a historic legacy of the man who had a wide-reaching impact on the area—Pegram spent much time in Ogden as the chief engineer for the Union Pacific and as a consultant for the Ogden Pioneer Electric Power Company.

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Weber River RR Bridge

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