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Central City Victorian, Salt Lake City

The Central City neighborhood encompasses one of the oldest residential areas existing in Salt Lake City. When this single-story Victorian cottage was built, it was in a low density part of town, but the ten-acre blocks of the Plat of the City of Zion were staring to be subdivided in this area and would soon be surrounded by more neighbors as well as the city's future Liberty Park, located across the street.

This project shows the sensitive rehabilitation and improvement of this characteristic house on 900 South. Due the complexity and needs of the house, the owners engaged the technical services of Salt Lake City's Housing and Neighborhood Development Rehabilitation Division to oversee and coordinate much of the project. Taking place throughout much of 2011, the project involved a variety of elements including restoring the original ceiling heights, refinishing plaster walls in two bedrooms, refinishing wood floors, new laminate & carpeted floors, a complete electrical update, new lighting, renovation of the back porch as a laundry room, repairs to the garage, new shingles and repainting, removal of existing aluminum storm windows and screens, renovation and repair of original sliding sash wood window frames, and addition of compatible new wood storm windows.

A quick listing of these projects pales in comparison to the effort that it takes to make a multi-faceted project like this happen at a historic home. This home which quietly contributes to the character of the Central City Historic District represents the attractiveness and livability of the neighborhood and that is personified by the investments made by homeowners an preservation projects such as this.

Utah Heritage Foundation presented Karrie and Kay Lee Schatten with a Heritage Award for the renovation and restoration their residence.