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2016 Historic Homes Tour: University Neighborhood

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:01

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.


$20 per person--Advance ticket price to non-members and day-of price for Utah Heritage Foundation members

$25 per person--Day-of price for non-members

All persons who walk must have a ticket.  All tickets are in the form of our tour brochure and wristband, with which you may enter each home on the tour.  We do not mail the brochures or wristbands prior to the event, and all advance and day-of ticket purchasers must pick up their tour brochure(s) and wristbands at our tour headquarters before going on the tour.  The tour is an all-weather, rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds for unused tickets.

Tour Information

Tour attendees should be aware of the following before going on the tour:

  • None of the homes are wheelchair accessible, and all have stairs.  Attendees should watch their step around and in all parts of homes.
  • Attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes. 
  • Pets are not allowed inside homes.
  • All homes are private residences and are only available to tour during the time and day of our tour.  We will not reveal the names of the homeowners, nor we will reveal the addresses of homes prior to the tour. 
  • Photography is permitted only outside the homes and is prohibited inside. 
  • Attendees are not required to visit all the homes, and may go to each home at their leisure during open hours. 

Headquarters and Parking

The tour headquarters will be in the grass median on 1200 East between 100 South and 200 South. Look for our table with tent and signs. There is street parking throughout the neighborhood.


Our annual Historic Homes Tour is typically the largest event Utah Heritage Foundation organizes alone.  We regularly sell one thousand tickets to the tour, requiring more than two hundred volunteers the day of to guide people through the beautiful examples of Utah's historic architecture.  All Homes Tour volunteers receive one complimentary admission to the tour.  We welcome people of varying backgrounds, ages, and skills to volunteer for the tour.  While we are happy to have volunteers before the event, we are now specifically looking for two types of volunteers, with two types of commitment:

Volunteer Chair

Homes Tour chairs organize the volunteer efforts at each home on the tour.  These men and women work with the homeowner to ensure that the home is respectable for the tour and respected by the tourists.  They assist in researching the home's history and help prepare the script for the docents to use during the tour.  They recruit and organize shifts for the volunteer docents at each home. 

Volunteer Docent

Homes Tour docents work a roughly two hour shift in one area of the home designated by the chair.  The exact length of the shift depends on the number of docents working in a home.  Docents will receive a script, which they are expected to memorize and bring to the tour.  Docents also ensure that the property is respected and returned to the owner in the condition it was entrusted to us.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Preparing tour booklets for sale;
  • Setting up signage and the tour headquarters in the morning;
  • Selling tickets at tour headquarters through the day;
  • Closing homes, cleaning up signage and the tour headquarters at the end of the day;
  • Various other activities as weather, traffic and other needs arise.

To volunteer or to ask questions, contact Utah Heritage Foundation Volunteer Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (801) 533-0858 extension 104.

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