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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.

Characterized by tree-lined streets and some of the city's earliest traffic circles, the earliest part of Federal Heights features homes from a few major style periods: the late Victorian era, Period Revival styles, the Arts & Crafts/Craftsman/Bungalow period, and even Modern styles. Consistently desirable as home to community leaders, these houses have been adapted for modern living by excellent stewards. Several are featured on our tour this year.

Please read below for more information about the lost and found items, ticket prices, homes, and other details.


Tour Information

Headquarters, Parking, and Public Transit


Lost and Found

Two umbrellas were left at one home on the tour.  One is a micro, six-inch collapsed, blue umbrella.  The other is approximately sixteen inches collapsed, with a wood handle, leather strap, and black, green, and tan pattern.  Call (801) 533-0858 extension 107 if you lost one of these and wish to recover them.


Advance tickets were available via mail, phone and our website from March 15 until April 27, and available online only until April 30 at 5 PM.  They were then available only on May 1, at our tour headquarters from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Members of Utah Heritage Foundation could purchase day-of tickets at the discounted rate of $15 per person.  The regular ticket price is $20 per person.  All persons who walk must have a ticket.  One ticket was included with All-In-One registration for our 2010 Utah Preservation Conference.  All tickets were in the form of our tour brochure, with which you could enter each home on the tour.  We did not mail the brochures prior to the event, and all advance and day-of ticket purchasers must pick up their tour brochure(s) at our tour headquarters before going on the tour.  The tour was an all-weather, rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds for unused tickets.

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This year's tour features eight homes in the Federal Heights area: on Laurel and South Temple Streets; Perry, Second, and Sigsbee Avenues; Penrose Drive; and Federal Way.  Tour attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes; attendees may also visit the homes in socks, but not barefoot.  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.  The tour will take approximately one hour to visit all eight homes and can be taken on foot, bike, or other transportation.  Attendees are not required to visit all the homes, and may go to each home at their leisure during open hours.  Some streets are steeply graded, and none of the homes are wheelchair accesible.

Headquarters, Parking, and Public Transit

Our tour headquarters were in the roundabout at the intersection of South Temple, Sigsbee Avenue, and Federal Way, appoximately 1400 East South Temple.  All tour attendees, those who purchase tickets in advance and those purchasing tickets that day, must pick up the tour program and shoe covers at the tour headquarters before entering any exhibited home. 

Unlike previous years' Homes Tours, there was no parking lot provided for this tour.  We encouraged walking and biking on all our tours.  Those driving should find legal, available parking spaces on the street or at nearby lots.  We strongly encourage tour attendees to utilize public transit for the tour.  UTA operates three bus routes, operating hourly, that come near the tour area on Saturdays.  Route 3 (3rd Avenue) travels up and down Virginia Street, with a by-request stop at 2nd Avenue, running from the Intermodal Hub/Salt Lake Central Station through the Avenues to Research Park; this could be ideal for those also using FrontRunner.  Route 6 (6th Avenue) makes a by-request stop at Virginia Street and South Temple; it runs between 200 South State Street and the University Medical Center, and could be ideal for those riding Trax.  Route 11 (11th Avenue) also travels down Virginia Street with a by-request stop at 2nd Avenue and also stops at South Temple.  With a route running from Intermodal Hub/Salt Lake Central Station to the University Medical Center, going through the upper Avenues, Route 11 could also work for those using either FrontRunner or Trax.  Check the UTA website for their approximate Saturday timetables.


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