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Lucybeth Rampton Award: Cindy Cromer

The Lucybeth Rampton Award was established in 1994 in honor of former First Lady Lucybeth Rampton. Mrs. Rampton was a founding member of Utah Heritage Foundation and a lifelong advocate of the preservation of Utah's architectural heritage. The Lucybeth Rampton Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to historic preservation and whose vision and activities have significantly impacted the preservation movement in Utah.

Lucybeth Rampton Award

This year the honor of the Lucybeth Rampton Award goes to Cindy Cromer.
Cindy took on her first historic preservation project at a four-plex on 100 South, and now owns and continually does work on ten properties including small and large homes, apartments, and even commercial buildings – all historic. Although she says she won’t tell you which ones they are until they look pretty. Cindy has a knack for finding the diamonds in the rough, and remains tight lipped about her “secret recipe” for successful preservation. But throughout this presentation you will see her abilities to find treasures that were “Hiding in Plain Sight” – the theme for this year’s preservation conference.
She works tirelessly to make her projects perfect and has been known to visit all her properties with wood painted porches to clean off a recent snow in a timely manner. Then she takes it to the next level and dries them off. Doing a lot of the work herself, Cindy might be the first person in Salt Lake City to personally own an infrared paint stripper.
As she owns properties all around Salt Lake, she has good reason to get involved in the neighborhood. From her time as a Planning Commissioner, Cindy has an unprecedented historical depth and breadth of information about Salt Lake City that is unmatched. Being around her is an opportunity to see the community through the eyes of someone who cares deeply enough to get involved like few others do.
For those of you who know Cindy, you know she wears many different hats – literally. Not only does she own property, she is active in her own community, and has a vast knowledge of codes and planning. It’s been said, “She has an entire file cabinet about city planning in her head; in addition to the many real file cabinets she has at home.”
When she shares her insights at any of the numerous city-related meetings she attends on a weekly basis, you should know that she will use her background in psychology to help the cause by pushing the right buttons. On a few occasions, Cindy Cromer and Utah Heritage Foundation provided the only public comments on a major projects – such as the construction of the Whole Foods building at Trolley Square and rezoning the Sugar House business district to allow ten story construction. There are opportunities for public comment on countless projects every year and Cindy attends as many meetings as possible to make her voice heard. But she also has the keen ability to foresee what’s coming and address potential issues before they even happen.
Some believe that Cindy must have a small dormitory in one of the spires at the City & County Building since it seems impossible for any human being to attend so many meetings without having a permanent residence. Salt Lake City and many of its communities are a better place because of Cindy Cromer, our 2014 Lucybeth Rampton Lifetime Achievement Award winner.