Video created by Yalecrest Yes in support of local historic district designation.
Commonly referred to as Harvard-Yale, Yalecrest began with the construction of the first house in the Douglas subdivision. Between the neighborhood boundaries of 900 and 1300 South, and 1300 and 1800 East, 23 subdivisions eventually were platted and developed. What distinguishes Yalecrest from other neighborhoods is the amazing consistency between the use of materials and architectural style across its subdivision boundaries. The use of quality materials in ornate patterns were used to emphasize stylistic differences and raise the profile of structures instead of adding size. However, certain subdivisions were platted for larger lots and larger homes while other subdivisions provided an alternative affordability in the same neighborhood.
Historically, many community leaders from business owners, to religious and elected officials made their residency in Yalecrest. Their association with the growth of Salt Lake City lends to the neighborhood's historic significance.
According to the 2007 National Register of Historic Places designation (based on a 2005 survey), 91% of the neighborhood's 1,400 structures have been identified as significantly contributing to the historic district. However, the neighborhood is experiencing a teardown rate of up to 6 houses per year. While a few are taking advantage of the state rehabilitation tax credit that is available by being designated on the National Register, the teardowns and overscaled rebuilds and additions discourage neighbors, sometimes forcing the house next door to sell or creating animosity on the block.
A proposal to create a local historic district in the neighborhood was initiated by the City Council in March 2010. With a high prioritization from the Historic Landmarks Commission to move forward, the hope is that local historic district designation resulting in a Preservation Overlay District zoning classification would provide additional guidance during the demolition and addition process, as well as greater public notification. The commission follows the city's adopted Design Guidelines which are based on the Secretary the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, the national standards for historic preservation from the National Park Service.
Yalecrest's Historic subdivision development map
Yalecrest Historic District - Presentation to UHF Board of Trustees, May 2010
Yalecrest Yes - Neighborhood Advocacy Group