Midvale's Historic City Hall has awakened after 28 years of hibernation. Constructed as a PWA project in 1940, this building is a relatively rare Utah example of the Art Moderne style. It served as Midvale's city hall until 1976 when the city moved its offices to a larger historic building down the street. For the next two decades, Midvale City searched for a way to bring the old city hall back into use. To its great credit, the city didn't demolish the building despite ongoing maintenance costs.
In 2002, the pieces necessary for a successful renovation project fell into place. The Midvale Arts Council was growing and needed a performance space. The results of a community survey showed support for investing public funds in the historic city hall. And Midvale's Olympic sales tax rebate offered potential renovation funds.
With a limited budget, the city renovated the building's original stage and created support areas for theater productions in the basement. A major challenge of the project was creating ADA accessibility in a difficult split entryway. Installing this elevator consumed nearly a quarter of the project's budget. The renovation also included all new mechanical and electrical systems and created office space to house Midvale's neighborhood outreach program.
The Midvale Arts Council is thrilled with its new facility which opened in June. It has hosted several small concerts this year and will stage its first full production in January. After sitting vacant and idle for nearly a generation, Midvale's Historic City Hall is ready to serve generations to come.