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Home for the Holidays: A Preservation Utah Celebration
Friday, December 8th, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM MST
Join Preservation Utah for Home for the Holidays on December 8, 2023 Meet our new Executive Director as we share our vision and goals for the coming year. Indulge in an exclusive dining experience within the grandeur of Memorial House's main hall and engage in an auction featuring items, such as: Auction Items only available at the event include: A Wine and Cheese Hike in the Uinta Mountains led by our new Executive Director Unforgettable Drag Brunch at The Locker Room Creative Improv Class hosted at Memorial House Online Auction Items include: Getaway to Puerto Vallarta Tour of the Stairs Station Hydroelectric Power Plant 2 - 1 Night Yurt Getaways for 2 ppl Date Night Package for Painting with a Twist and Dinner at Chris Ruths Steak House Red Butte Garden Membership Saltfire Brewing tasting and tour Utah Museum of Fine Arts tickets Event rental packages from All City Event Rentals, Eldredge Manor, and Venue 6SIX9 Utah Grizzlies Tickets Utah Symphony Tickets Hale Center Theatre Clue Tickets Our auction launches November 28!
Established in 1966, Utah Heritage Foundation — now Preservation Utah — was the first statewide historic preservation organization in the western United States. Preservation Utah's mission is to keep the past alive, not only for preservation, but to inspire and provoke a more creative present and sustainable future. We preserve, promote, and protect Utah's historic built environment through public awareness, advocacy, and active preservation.
Memorial House History
In 1890, Memorial House was constructed as a stable and equipment storage shed. Then, in 1902, Salt Lake City utilized the building as a barn, tool shed, and blacksmith shop located directly across from the city's intake structure on City Creek. In 1926, the Service Star Legion leased the building, and with architects Hyrum Pope and Harold Burton, a new façade was designed with a Georgian flair. Under the management of the Service Star Legion, Memorial House became a popular setting for weddings, receptions, and luncheons. However, after the Legion's lease ran out in 1984, the building stood vacant and unused for ten years. Seeking a new home and hoping that Memorial House could once again play an active role in the community, Preservation Utah raised funds for the renovation of the building in cooperation with Salt Lake City Corporation, and in July 1994, we re-opened the doors of Memorial House for public use. Today, Memorial House stands proud, thanks to the hard work of preservationists and community leaders. Under our stewardship, we continue hosting many events while embracing the building's rich history.