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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: Archie Creek Camp, Summit County; Barrett-Homer-Larsen House, Orem; Park City High School, Park City.


Archie Creek Camp
Summit County, Utah

Utah_Summit County_Archie Creek Camp_0001 (Medium)Statement of Significance:
The Archie Creek Camp in Summit County, Utah was constructed between 1890 and 1920s, and
is significant under Criteria A, C, and D under the context of the Tie Cutting Industry of the
North Slope of the Uinta Mountains. It is a complex archaeological and architectural site that relates to the second historical period of the Tie Cutting industry of the North Slope (Merritt2013:Section E, 7-10), specifically the 1920s-1930s, with abandonment in the late 1930s or1940s. Site is surrounded by mid and high-cut lodgepole pine stumps, remnants of strip roads and several other tie cutting sites that further instill association with this site with the Multiple Property Submission theme. Site was used as a central residential occupation for probably 20-30 tie cutters, given the number of cabins, and related stock animals (horses) for hauling ties, and fits within the “Domestic” property type as defined in Merritt (2013:Section F, 12) . As such, the level of physical integrity of both the standing (or partially standing) cabins and the archaeological deposits, and the lack of modern disturbance, makes this one of the most significant historic resources within the Multiple Property boundary dating to this specific time period. Thus, the site is associated clearly with the production of railroad cross-ties in the Uinta Mountains and are significant events as noted in Merritt (2013) under Criteria A, C and D. Site is eligible under Criteria A, as it is an excellent example of the tie-cutting industry of the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains and retains integrity and other factors as described in the MPS
(Merritt 2013: Section F, 21). Site is eligible under Criteria C, given the presence of intact
architecture that meets the criteria in the MPDF and are indicative of a period, style, and the tie cutting industry (Merritt 2013:Section F, 22). Finally, the site is eligible under Criteria D due the
presence of a robust surface archaeological assemblage, and the suspected presence of intact
subsurface features in the privies, springs, and within structures and meets all other criteria from
the MPDF and will offer information to our understanding of several research domains (Merritt
2013: Section F, 22)..

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Archie Creek Camp_Redacted


Barrett-Homer-Larsen Farmstead
Orem, Utah County, Utah

UT_Utah County_Barrett-Homer-Larsen House_001 (Medium)Statement of Significance:
The Barrett-Homer-Larsen Farmstead, built in 1887 in Orem, Utah County, is locally significant under Criteria A and C. The property is being nominated under the Historic and Architectural Resources of Orem, Utah, Multiple Property Submission “Settlement and Agricultural Expansion: Mid-1870s-1913” for the “Establishment of Orem: 1914-1941” periods. It is significant under Criterion A in the area of agriculture for its association with a number of concurrent owners, each of whom had an impact on the property and its use as a farm. Originally called Provo Bench, Orem was established as an agriculturally-based community of widely-scattered farmsteads. Thomas Barrett, the original owner of this house, homesteaded 160 acres of land on Provo Bench for which he received a patent in 1886. Barrett was among the earliest settlers of Provo Bench and became involved in the fruit-growing business before selling his orchards to William Homer in 1908. Both Homer and his successor, Ariel Larsen, improved the fruit producing capabilities of the orchards, with Larsen replanting many of the orchards. The period of significance is 1887-1969, reflecting the original construction of the house up to when the Larsens sold the property. The remaining two-acre farmstead is an island in a now mostly urbanized setting. It remains a good example of agricultural development during the period of agricultural expansion and prosperity in Orem in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The house is also significant in the area of architecture under Criterion C as an example of transitional Victorian to World War II-era architecture on the Provo Bench. Barrett sold off large portions of his quarter section to fund the construction of this home, which was more ornate than many of the utilitarian structures built on the Provo Bench during the early settlement period. The house also reflects the period of growth and change during the period of the “Establishment of Orem” context as the orchards and house, which had become run down, were purchased by the Larsen family in 1944. The original Victorian-style house was remodeled to reflect a more modern residence by the addition of a utility room on the rear with a basement beneath, a nearby garage and the application of stucco to the exterior. Victorian details of the house, including doors, windows, and porch moldings were retained in the remodel. The house retains architectural integrity from these time periods and, along with the surrounding farmstead is an important contributing historic resource to the City of Orem, where very few of the orchards and farmsteads remain.

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Barrett-Homer-Larsen Famstead


Park City High School
Park City, Summit County, Utah

Statement of Significance:  UT_Summit County_Park City High School_0011 (Medium)
The Park City High School building, constructed in 1928, is locally significant to the history of the town under Criterion A in the area of Education as its first exclusive high school, built at a time when the mining town came to realize the importance of educating both boys and girls. Serving in this capacity for fifty years, the high school helped mold two generations of community children. The period of significance is 1928-1965, beginning with the original construction date up until 50 years ago, as it was still being used as a school at that time. The building is architecturally significant under Criterion C as a work of prominent Salt Lake City firm Scott & Welch. It is also significant as a well-preserved example of the Collegiate Gothic style that is prominent in a former mining town with few architectural buildings. Despite some minor non-historic alterations at the rear and north side of the auditorium wing, the style and craftsmanship of a Scott & Welch design is apparent in the main classroom wing, providing a well-preserved Collegiate Gothic work. The Park City High School building is a contributing historic resource in this historic mining town

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Park City High School


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