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Annual Historic Homes Tour

Since 1971, Utah Heritage Foundation, now Preservation Utah, has held a tour of historic homes in a different neighborhoods in Utah.  Previous tours have been held in the South Temple, Yalecrest, Normandie Heights, Avenues, Capitol Hill, Downtown, Federal Heights, and Westmoreland Place and Heights neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, as well as parts of Bountiful, Farmington, Copperton, Magna, and Park City.

2017 Historic Homes Tour: Yalecrest

Douglas Park 13 15 E 800 900 S 1913The Douglas Park subdivision during its creation in 1913.

46th Annual

Historic Homes Tour

Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This year's Historic Homes Tour will be in the Yalecrest neighborhood, more specifically the Douglas Park subdivision and the surrounding area. Click the links below for more information:

Online tickets are no longer available. To purchase tickets, please come to the tour headquarters at the Yale Ward building, 1431 E. Gilmer Drive, on Saturday the 22nd between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2016 Historic Homes Tour: University Neighborhood

45th Annual Historic Homes Tour

Saturday, April 30, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are no longer avaliable online. Tickets may be purchased at our headquarters (1200 East between 100 South and 200 South) Saturday April 30 between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The University Historic District is located on the Salt Lake Valley’s east bench immediately west of the University of Utah campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a local historic district, over 80% of the buildings are considered contributing to the historic character of the neighborhood. The tree-lined sidewalks and streets, wide grass medians, and uniform setbacks set the stage for an enjoyable walk through the historic architecture of one of Utah’s great neighborhoods.

2015 Historic Homes Tour: Harvard/Princeton

44th Annual Historic Homes Tour

Saturday April 25, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

One of Salt Lake’s most picturesque neighborhoods, the Harvard and Princeton areas of the Yalecrest neighborhood offers diverse architecture and tree-lined streets. With the help of KEEP Yalecrest, a neighborhood-based preservation non-profit, the community is making great strides in preserving this neighborhood with the researching and nominating of several local historic districts and providing free community education. Come tour the great historic homes in this neighborhood and help support preservation in Utah.

The tour this year is a little over a mile in total walking distance between homes (one may drive between homes if walking is not an option, however all the homes have stairs and are not wheelchair accessible). We recomend allowing 2 to 4 hours to complete the tour.

Advance ticket sales have now ended. You may buy tickets on the day of the event at the tour headquarters located at 1535 E. Bonneview Dr. (1050 S.), near the LDS Stake Center starting at 10:00 a.m.

2014 Historic Homes Tour: Marmalade


43rd Annual Historic Homes Tour: Marmalade

MAY 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Headquarters and Day-of Ticket Sales:
LDS 18th Ward Chapel - 413 N West Capitol Street

Smaller homes and eclectic architecture are the defining characteristics of this Salt Lake City neighborhood founded in large part by the city's working class. The area now known as Marmalade was originally home to streets all named after fruits and nuts. While only some of the streets still bear the historic name, the homes retain many of the historic elements and are contributing to the Capitol Hill Historic District.

Tickets are $25 day-of tour.
$5.00 discount offered when combined with Salt Lake Modern Tour ticket purchase.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the tour headquarters located at 413 N. West Capitol on Saturday, May 10.



2013 Historic Homes Tour of the Avenues

09-32-354-005webThe Avenues

Utah Heritage Foundation will hold its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 11, 2013, from 10 AM to 5 PM, in the south east area of Salt Lake City's Avenues Historic District.  Tickets are available now!  Read more for more details on the tour or how to buy tickets.

1999 Historic Homes Tour: The Marmalade Hill Neighborhood

1999htwebUtah Heritage Foundation's 1999 Historic Homes Tour featured an eclectic array of nine vintage homes and two converted historic meetinghouses over two days on May 15 and 16 in the historic Marmalade Hill neighborhood in the Capitol Hill Historic District. These historic homes reflect the early pioneer residents' mastery, insight and resourcefulness. The diverse array of architectural styles may be a result of the originators being artisans, designers and builders.

Normandie Heights Harvard-Yale: Historic Homes Tour 2000

Utah Heritage Foundation held its annual Historic Homes Tour in the Normandie Heights area of the Yalecrest neighborhood in Salt Lake City, on May 20, 2000. This beautiful area is considered one of the city's most prestigious neighborhoods because of its exceptional architecture. Consistently large and beautifully landscaped lots characterize the area. The homes all reflect outstanding quality and craftsmanship. Guests enjoyed the eight homes and the Yale LDS Chapel on the tour and the opportunity to walk the wonderful tree lined, winding streets of this park-like neighborhood.

Federal Heights: Historic Homes Tour 2001

2001htwebMormon Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. They camped in what is now Pioneer Park. Development and growth of the city moved east to State Street. As the city grew, so did the annoyance with the slaughter yards. They were soon moved to the east bench near Virginia Street to what was called "Butcherville." On May 19, 2001, Utah Heritage Foundation opened this neighborhood for exploration, showcasing nine exquiste historic homes.

Westminster Heights Arts & Crafts Bungalows: 2002 Historic Homes Tour

The 2002 Historic Homes Tour visited nine Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, and Colonial Revival homes on May 18 in the Westminster Heights neighborhood of Salt Lake City.  The neighborhood can take credit for a number of "firsts" in Salt Lake City. It was the first residential subdivision to be developed on the city's southeast bench and its creators, Clark and Earl Dunshee, are credited with introducing the strict building covenants which characterized many later east bench subdivisions. Westminster Heights also broke new architectural ground with the construction of California and Mission style bungalows. These bungalow types were unusual in Utah at the time and remain relatively rare today. In fact, the best places in Utah to see California and Mission style bungalows are the two subdivisions developed by the Dunshee brothers, Westminster Heights and Westmoreland Place.

Stratford Avenue--Highland Park: 2003 Historic Homes Tour

DCP_0867webMany historic neighborhoods on Salt Lake City's east bench were originally developed as subdivisions. Today, only a handful of these subdivisions are called by their historic names. Highland Park is one of those subdivisions that has retained its original identity over the years. The way Highland Park was developed and promoted 90 years ago and its charmming historic character today create an appealing neighborhood with a strong sense of place, and so we chose to tour seven homes and the  the Stratford Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 17, 2003 for our Historic Homes Tour.

Gilmer Park: 2004 Historic Homes Tour

houseGilmerIn December 2000, Money Magazine picked Salt Lake City as a "best place to live." And what is the best neighborhood in this best city? According to the magazine, it's Gilmer Park. However much value one place on such designations by national publications, this one is a nice tribute to the enduring beauty and grace of Gilmer Park. A more persuasive expression of this historic neighborhood's appeal is the surprising number of families who have made their homes here over multiple generations. Once people move to Gilmer Park, it's hard to get them to leave.  Among the reasons why Utah Heritage Foundation held our 2004 Historic Homes Tour there on May 15.

Eleventh Avenue: Historic Homes Tour 2005

100_1580webOur 2005 Historic Homes Tour was held May 21, showing seven homes from B to H Streets along 11th Avenue in Salt Lake City.

On the northern edge of Salt Lake City and to the east of Utah's magnificent capitol building, you can see the rising slopes that make up the Avenues neighborhood.
Salt Lake City's Avenues district creates distinctive neighborhoods known for their charming historic houses, mature streetscape, and a prominent, small block grid plan that climbs up the hill and reinforces the continuity of the street grid below.

A Celebration of Compatible Design: the 2006 Annual Historic Homes Tour

HomesTour2006EB008On Saturday, September 16, 2006, our tour visited seven homes in the Capitol Hill, Federal Heights, and Yalecrest neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, all which exhibited important principles of compatible design.  Several of the homes were eventually featured in our 2008 book Celebrating Compatible Design: Creating New Spaces in Historic Homes.

Salt Lake City's historic neighborhoods have seen a resurgence of popularity over the last several years. People are returning to the city—recognizing the value of location, architecture, and the scale of walkability that can be found in older neighborhoods.

The 2009 Historic Homes Tour: Yalecrest


Utah Heritage Foundation held its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 2, 2009, from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Yalecrest neighborhood of Salt Lake City.  Yalecrest is among Salt Lake City's newer National Register-listed Historic District, formally receiving that designation in November 2007.   In 2000 and 2004, Utah Heritage Foundation held historic home tours in the Normandie Heights and Gilmer Park subdivisions, respectively, what became the Yalcrest Historic District, and in 2009, we featured the Yale and Upper Yale Park neighborhoods. 

Federal Heights: The 2010 Historic Homes Tour


Utah Heritage Foundation  held its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 1, 2010, from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Federal Heights neighborhood of Salt Lake City.  We thank all of the tour sponsors, the homeowners, housechairs, docents, volunteers, and everyone bought tickets and came to see eight wonderful homes this year.

In 1862, Fort Douglas was established and started development on the east bench of the valley. A road was built up the hill to the Fort, on what is now South Temple Street. The neighborhoods to the north and west of the fort were known as Butcherville, Popperton Place, Bonneville-on-the-Hill and Federal Heights and would eventually become the first luxury residential suburbs of Salt Lake City.