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Historic Contexts

Historic contexts are a formal tool to  help agencies, consultants, and the public to understand and assess the range of variation within a certain region, period, or resource type. These documents form a strong foundation for assessing the significance of a cultural resource for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Utah State Historic Preservation Office (UT-SHPO) is happy to include existing but hard to find resources on this website, and will be expanded as new contexts are made available. For many of these documents below there are additional materials at the Utah Division of State History’s office at 300 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, Utah.

The National Park Service’s National Register Bulletins provide the core description on how to develop and employ a historic context, so please be sure to visit their website for more information. Specifically, Barbara Wyatt of the National Park Service created a short white paper that succinctly describes what is in a historic context and how to use it, and it can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions or comments on these please contact the UT-SHPO’s resident context wrangler: Elizabeth Hora-Cook at ehora@utah.gov

Broad Overview Contexts (Multi-Resource Type)

Architectural Contexts

General Domestic or Other Contexts

Public Buildings Contexts

Religious Architectural Contexts

Industrial or Engineering Related Contexts

United States Forest Service in Utah Contexts


Archaeological Contexts*

*Some reports above might have been redacted per state or federal data protections on archaeological site locations.


Ethnographic Contexts

Board of State History Retreat Agenda

Board of State History Retreat
Thursday, October 27, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thomas S. Monson Center (formerly the Enos Wall Mansion)
411 East S. Temple, Salt Lake City

9:00 a.m.                     WELCOME – Dina Blaes, Board Chair

9:15 a.m.                     Quarterly program accomplishments – staff

9:45 a.m.                     Refining Board Committees & the Committee- to-Board process – Brad Westwood

10:00 a.m.                   Break into Committees:

  • Utah State Historical Society Committee (Chair: David Rich Lewis)
  • Major Planning, Gifts & Awards Committee (Chair: Mike Homer)
  • Historic Preservation & Archaeology Committee (Chair: David Richardson)
  • Library, Collections & Digitization (Chair: Steve Olsen)

11:15 a.m.                   BREAK

11:30 a.m.                   Group photo

11:35 a.m.                   LUNCH/DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS

12:30 p.m.                   ACTION ITEMS

  • Delisting of National Register of Historic Places buildings – Cory Jensen
    Demolished buildings: (no vote required)
    – Thomas Cunningham House (NRIS #84002250), Park City, Summit County
    – Downing Apartments (NRIS #87002160), Ogden, Weber County
    – Lehi Commercial & Savings Bank (NRIS #98001537), Lehi, Utah County
    – Morgan Elementary School (NRIS #86000737), Morgan, Morgan County
    – North Ogden Elementary School (NRIS #85000822), North Ogden, Weber County
    – Plant Auto Company Building (NRIS #04001129), Richmond, Cache County
    – Rose Apartments (NRIS #87002160), Ogden, Weber County
    – Sidney Stevens House (NRIS #77001326), Ogden, Weber County
    Loss of integrity: (vote required)
    – Hyrum Stake Tithing Office (NRIS ##85000251), Hyrum, Cache County
  • Approval of 2017 Board meeting dates  Alycia Aldrich
    January 19th, April 20th, July 20th, October 26th

1:20 p.m.                     BREAK

1:30 p.m.                     TRAINING

  • Board Duties, Bylaws and Statutory AuthorityThom Roberts
  • National Park Service Walk Through Historic Buildings – Dina Blaes/Cory Jensen

2:30 p.m.                     DISCUSSION ITEMS

  • Proposed Utah History, Heritage and Arts Museum – Dina Blaes
  • Closing remarks –  Brad Westwood

3:00 p.m.                     ADJOURN

Historic Preservation – National Register

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The National Register recognizes places that matter to Americans.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.

Utah’s historic properties are frequently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Recent nominations to the National Register that are currently under review include:

To see historic properties in Utah that were recently approved for the National Register, click here.

To search all historic properties in Utah, click here.

 

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National Register Nominations | September 2014

In October 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review five (5) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

John & Margaret Price House in Salt Lake City


Murray City Diesel Power Plant in Murray


Rawsel & Jane Bradford House in Murray


James & Mary Jane Miller House in Murray


John & Sarah Jane Wayman House in Centerville


The Board of State History meets on October 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site. Please note: agenda for October 2014 may be delayed due to the production of the sixty-second annual Utah State History conference.

Utah’s Latest Additions to the National Register

Check out the latest historic properties in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Myton Presbyterian Church, Myton, Duchesne County; Harold & Evelyn Burton House, Holladay; the Provo U.S. Post Office, Provo; River Heights Sinclair Station, River Heights, Cache County; Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property, San Juan County; the Smithfield Tabernacle, Smithfield, Cache County; the Thomas Clark & Millie Callister House, Fillmore, Millard County; and the J.M. Wilbur & Company Blacksmith Shop, Eden, Weber County.


Myton Presbyterian Church
Myton, Duchesne County

Statement of Significance: The Myton Presbyterian Church meets National Register Criterion A at the local level, because it is historically significant in the area of Religion as the first Presbyterian church building constructed in the town and one of the few early examples of the “community church” phase of Protestant church activity both in the Uintah Basin region and on former Native American reservation land. Unlike nineteenth-century Protestant church buildings in Utah, erected as part of the missionary effort among Mormons, twentieth-century churches were constructed with the sole purpose of serving local congregations—Myton Presbyterian Church operated under this role. As a religious-use property it qualifies under Criteria Consideration A because, along with Religion, the property also has significance in other areas. In the area of Social History, the church is locally significant under Criterion A because of its dual use as a school, Myton Academy, along with the various extracurricular programs brought to the community by the academy. The building, constructed in 1915, was designed with a 13-by-30-foot schoolroom positioned to the rear of the auditorium space within the original chapel building, utilized by Myton Academy. This is noteworthy because Myton Academy provided comprehensive education to students in Myton prior to the complete dissemination of the Utah public school system in the Uintah Basin. Therefore, it is significant in relation to its contribution to the religious and social history aspects of Myton. Moreover, due to three major fires in Myton’s history (ca.1915, 1925, 1930) causing loss of most of the original downtown buildings, Myton Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Myton and is the oldest church building in Duchesne County. The building is also locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as the best surviving example of the Carpenter Gothic style in Myton. The building is the only extant example of the style for Presbyterian use in Duchesne County and is one of the few examples of its kind left in the broader Uinta Basin. Within the 1915-1967 period of significance, the building has two distinct construction periods: 1915, when the original wood framed building that housed the auditorium and schoolroom was built and 1967, when the historic mining cottage was moved to the site and a hyphen building constructed to attach it to the church. In 2017 the historic appearance of the original building was restored with removal of vinyl siding. And, in spite of a non-historic addition, the building retains good historical integrity and is a contributing building in the small town of Myton.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Duchesne County_Myton Presbyterian Church


Harold W. & Evelyn Burton House
Holladay, Salt Lake County

Statement of Significance: The Harold W. and Evelyn Burton House, constructed in 1923 in Holladay, Utah, is locally significant under Criterion B in the area of Architecture.  The period of significance reflects the time that the Burtons occupied the house, 1923 through 1930.  The house was designed by and was the primary residence for Harold W. Burton, his wife Evelyn, and their four children.  Harold Burton was a prominent architect in Utah at the time.  His wife, Evelyn, was active in developing Gilmer Park Subdivision, now listed as a part of the Gilmer Park Historic District.  She was also one of the principal owners of that project.  Burton’s firm, Pope & Burton, designed several significant and iconic buildings in Utah and the region during the time he lived in the house.  Because of health reasons he moved to California in 1930 where he continued to design many temples and meetinghouses for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in the U.S. and Canada during his prolific career.  He ultimately moved back to Utah and became the Chief Supervising Architect for the LDS Church, so his influence is felt worldwide in the buildings he designed and projects he supervised. Although much of his work of importance continued after he moved from here, this house is the best preserved of his residences in Utah., the others having been impacted by a loss of historical integrity. For this reason, the Harold Burton House is significant and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Salt Lake County_Harold & Evelyn Burton House


U.S. Post Office, Provo
Provo, Utah County

Statement of Significance: The U. S. Post Office qualifies for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C at the local level of significance. Its period of significance is its construction date, 1937, onto the date of its addition in 1966. Alterations are evident but kept this building a viable asset and the building has retained its architectural integrity.
For these reasons, the building remains integrity under Criterion C as the renovations it has undergone have maintained its distinctive character both on the interior and exterior, and the property continues to possess distinctive characteristics of the period and features prominent art in the conserved mural done under the WPA.
The rear addition to the building is very sympathetic in design, since particular attention was given to the use of materials and design that conform to the original plan and thus it does not make a significant impact. A single score line distinguishes old work from new. Minor decorative changes were only made to the main elevation for purposes of renaming, and in 2015 an accessibility ramp was added to the main elevation in compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS).
The building is a Provo landmark, designed by Joseph Nelson, a very distinguished Provo architect, utilizing the Public Works Administration Moderne style favored for public buildings in the 1930s, particularly those built under the aegis of the Supervising Architect’s Office, the Treasury Department. The subject building has a Works Progress Administration mural by Utah artist Everett Clark Thorpe that demonstrates the democratic intent of the Roosevelt administration to utilize federal funds to bring work to local artists and builders throughout the Great Depression years.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Utah County_US Post Office Provo


River Heights Sinclair Station
River Heights, Cache County

Statement of Significance: The River Heights Sinclair Station, built in 1950, is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the development of River Heights, Utah in the mid-twentieth century. Under Criterion A in the area of Transportation, the building is significant as the only service station ever constructed in the small rural community of River Heights. The period of significance is
1950 to 1967 (fifty years ago). For the first fifteen years the service station was operated by Oral Stirland, who leased the building from long-term owners, Newell Lavon Fuhriman and his son, Newell Dean Fuhriman. It was later operated by Karl Bindrup between 1965 and 1975.
Oral Stirland’s Sinclair Station was primarily an automobile fuel and repair facility, but in the mid- 1960s Karl Bindrup provided additional services such as tractor, lawnmower and small engine
repairs. Bindrup’s Sinclair Station was a gathering spot. He stocked penny candy for the
children after the community’s only general store closed down. The Sinclair Station provided a vital service to the citizens of River Heights who, like most of America, had increased their reliance on the automobile after World War II. The service station was particularly important when the rainstorms overwhelmed the only bridge between River Heights and the larger city of Logan. During rising flood levels, having a local fuel stop was particularly important as the only alternate routes to work places, shopping centers, medical facilities, and the regional high school or state college in Logan were quite lengthy. As the only real commercial building in town, it was architecturally unique in contrast to the residential construction. After serving for decades as a service station, the building was later used as a boat shop and was used as a residence for a few years in the 1990s. The building is currently used as a studio by a local photographer. The River Heights Station is a contributing historic commercial resource in this small residential community.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Cache County_ River Heights Sinclair Station


Shem Dam
Ivins Vicinity, Washington County

Statement of Significance: Shem Dam, located in Washington County, Utah, and constructed in 1934–1935, is historicallysignificant at the state level under Criteria A and C. It is significant under Criterion A in the area of Social History for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federal program that gave jobs to thousands of unemployed young men in Utah during the Great Depression. CCC crews worked on diverse flood-control, erosion-control, and other conservation projects throughout the state, and Shem Dam is a monument to the accomplishments of the CCC
in Utah. The dam is significant under Criterion C in the area of Engineering because it embodies a distinctive method of construction developed by a Utah engineer for economical flood-control structures in a mountainous agricultural region. The period of significance for Shem Dam is 1934–1958, which begins with construction of the dam at Shem and ends the year the dam was repaired for a second time under Winsor’s supervision, following flood damage. A major flood in 2011 badly damaged the dam once again, prompting the Shem Dam Rehabilitation Project, an undertaking of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rehabilitation of the dam, completed in 2015, changed the design of the spillway by partially eliminating the original central arch design, but the massive abutments of the dam and the adjacent portions of the spillway retain their original design, materials, and appearance, giving the dam historic integrity.

Read the full nomination: This nomination is not available for publication


Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, San Juan County

Statement of Significance: As a culturally significant cultural and religious site for the six tribes participating in this nomination Rainbow Bridge TCP exhibits the necessary qualities of significance for American Indian history and culture. These qualities are exhibited by Rainbow Bridge itself, by the listed contributing features, and by its ties to tribal origin stories and historic events. The bridge (including the area within the proposed boundaries of the TCP) is the focus of tribal historic events, tribal stories and tribal pilgrimages. Archaeological sites, springs and water seeps, shrines and tribal offering places within the district reflect its ancient association with Indian peoples. Contemporary testimonies of tribal members clearly document ancient as well as on-going religious beliefs and ceremonialism. “Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property” (the official name) qualifies as a TCP under Criterion A as it is used for tribal religious use. Tribal members consistently describe the period of significance as “from time immemorial” to the present and no specific dates are assigned or needed. The Area of Significance is Religion and Ethnic Heritage/Native American. As indicated, this property is culturally and historically significant on a “national” level. However, this broad national designation of significance should not be viewed as diminishing its importance at the local and regional levels.

Tribal historic events, cultural origin stories (individual and communal), religious ceremonialism, culture hero journeys, tribal migration stories, and communication with supernatural entities are all part of individual and communal ethnic identity and all play a vital role in the transmission of cultural and traditional knowledge across generations: A transmission essential for the reaffirmation and continuation of tribal specific cultural traditions – and the broader patterns of tribal cultures in the region.

Existing documentation clearly displays the district’s significance. Over the past few decades, folkloric, archaeological, and ethnographic research provide clear evidence of the importance of the place to the tribes participating in this nomination. A small number of Indian archaeological sites at or near the stone arch span hundreds, if not thousands of years of Indian occupation and use. Preservation and protection of these sites within the TCP boundary (and beyond) allow for future research and are likely to yield additional and significant aspects of tribal culture and history.  Tribal representatives have clearly expressed an interest in working with the managing agency to preserve these ancestral sites – sites that will continue to contribute to knowledge of tribal cultural association with the proposed TCP district and the larger more expansive cultural landscape.

The Navajo, Hopi, the Ute Mountain Ute, the Kaibab Southern Paiute, the San Juan Southern Paiute, and the Zuni (all the tribes participating in this nomination) have all visited and/or used the proposed site for thousands of years, as confirmed by oral testimony, archeological site analyses, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic documentation. While these tribes share similar views on the cultural significance of Rainbow they each attach to the district their own unique tribal histories, their own set of cultural values and practices, and their own means of interacting with the bridge, the district, and the larger landscape. For some, the district is a place of power, a source of culturally important resources (plants, spring water, minerals) used in traditional healing practices, a place of spiritual cleansing, and a place to perform traditional ceremonies and individual prayer. For others, the bridge is the focus of migration stories and tribal origins. Still others view the bridge and the surrounding landscape as their traditional home. But while tribal differences are acknowledged the cultural histories, practices and beliefs often overlap and all participating tribal representatives consistently expressed the view that the Rainbow Bridge TCP plays an important role in a larger multi-tribal traditional religious and ceremonial context of the area.

Finally, Rainbow Bridge is an integral part of a larger cultural geography and as such contributes to our knowledge of broader aspects of American Indian culture and history. Although it stands out physically as one of the largest natural stone arches in the United States, it’s cultural importance to Indian tribes in the region lies in the fact that it is part of this regional cultural landscape – elements of which are linked to various tribal histories, mythologies, origin stories, and sacred sites. While the proposed TCP is a highly significant cultural place it is part of this larger geographic context that is also sacred. The nature this larger landscape is beyond the scope of this nomination but future work is encouraged to more carefully describe the multi-tribal perspectives on this larger landscape.

Read the full nomination: This nomination is not available for publication


Thomas Clark & Millie Callister House
Fillmore, Millard County

Statement of Significance: The Thomas Clark and Millie Callister House, constructed 1896 in Fillmore, Millard County, is locally significant under Criteria A and B.  Under Criterion A the house is significant in the area of Communication. The Callister House served as the main office of the Millard County Telegraph and Telephone Company for 15 years. The main switchboard was operated by Mildred “Millie” Callister, wife of Thomas Clark Callister. This was the first telephone switchboard in the county and provided phone service for the entire county. Under Criterion B the house is significant in the area of Politics and Government. Thomas Clark Callister lived here while serving as mayor for two terms from 1917 to 1920. As one of Fillmore’s most influential mayors, he was a well-known engineer who spearheaded much of Millard County’s water and irrigation infrastructure during his time in office. His work as county surveyor and engineer was attributed to controlling flood and erosion of the Fillmore Mountains. Thomas Clark also was a prominent businessman, who owned the Millard County Telegraph and Telephone Company and was chairman to several committees in his lifetime, including the Library Loan and American Red Cross.  The period of significance is 1907 to c.1922. This covers the period the house was purchased by the Callisters and the telephone switchboard was installed until the operation was moved to another building, c.1922. This also includes the two terms Clark Callister served as Mayor of Fillmore, from 1917-1920.

Read the full nomination:
ut_millard-county_thomas-millie-callister-house


J.M. Wilbur Company Blacksmith Shop
Eden, Weber County

Statement of Significance: The J.M.Wilbur Company Blacksmith Shop, built in 1895 and rehabilitated 2011-2014, is a brick, one-part block commercial building with a stepped gable parapet and Late Victorian Commercial details. The building is historically significant under Criteria A. The period of significance dates from 1895, when it was built by Jesse Wilbur, to1951, when Jesse passed away. Jesse partnered with his son Glenn in 1924, and they used this building as a commercial outlet providing primarily blacksmithing and other related services to local farmers and the surrounding communities. Following Jesse’s death, Glenn carried on the business for two more decades. It is significant under Criterion A in the areas of Industry and Commerce because it provided essential services in a developing community and played a vital role in the development and success of the village of Eden, Utah and surrounding Ogden Valley.  The building was originally designed and constructed to facilitate the needs of the blacksmithing industry—a once very common and necessary business in frontier life—and is the only known continuously functioning blacksmith shop remaining in the region. Following a recent careful rehabilitation, the building continues to operate as a blacksmith shop today.

Read the full nomination:
ut_weber-county_jm-wilbur-co-blacksmith-shop


The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

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National Register Nominations | July 2017

On October 26, 2017, the State Historic Preservation Review Board, for the Utah Division of State History, will review three nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. These are:

UT_Utah County_American Fork MPS, American Fork, Utah County, Multiple Property Documentation Form

UT_Utah County_Thomas & Elizabeth Coddington House, Coddington, Thomas & Elizabeth, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Utah County_James & Emily Herbert House, Herbert, James & Emily, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Utah County_ Robert & Mary Ann Singleton House, Singleton, Robert & Mary Ann, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Utah County_Thomas & Eliza Jane Singleton House, Singleton, Thomas & Eliza Jane, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Salt Lake County_Gardner Robert Jr House & Mill Site, Gardner, Robert, Jr., House & Mill Site, East Millcreek, Salt Lake County

UT_Davis County_SL Base Monuments, Salt Lake Base Monuments, Davis County

UT_Davis County_Layton OSL RR Station, Oregon Short Line RR Station, Layton, Davis County

UT_Davis County_HAFB Building 225, HAFB Building 225 Airplane Repair Hanger, Hill Air Force Base, Davis County

UT_Carbon County_Great Hunt Panel, Great Hunt Panel, Nine Mile Canyon, Carbon County

The State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 1:00 pm, at the Pack House at this is the Place Heritage park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, to review the NRHP nominations. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site.

Current National Register Nominations

Utah’s historic properties are frequently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Recent nominations to the National Register that are currently under review include:

To see historic properties in Utah that were recently approved for the National Register, click here.

To search all historic properties in Utah, click here.


“Profits Through Preservation” Summary Report From Utah Heritage Foundation NOW AVAILABLE

The Utah Heritage Foundation recently released its report entitled,  “Profits through preservation: The economic impact of historic preservation in Utah.” The study, conducted by PlaceEconomics of Washington, D.C., aimed to determine the impact of historic preservation on Utah’s total economy. You can read all about it in the Full Report Summary or a check out the highlights.