Historic preservation in Utah from 1960 to 1980 has reflected major national trends and trends peculiar to Utah. The most important event which increased the influence of the federal government in preservation activities in Utah was the passage of the Federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966. This law influenced the Utah State Historical Society to become active in preservation in Utah. The battles to save the L. D. S. tabernacles in the 1960s and 1970s led to the formation of the Utah Heritage Foundation. This organization has been responsible for the heightened awareness of historic preservation in Utah. During the 1960s and 1970s, the major fields of preservation activity occurred in restoring church buildings, homes, and commercial establishments. No clear direction has emerged from the effort to save church buildings. Historic homes are now primarily being saved on an individual basis or in historic districts. Historic commercial buildings have generally been saved by being converted into modified malls with historic themes. Historic preservation has been slow to grow in Utah, but preservation appears to be firmly rooted in the state.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Haggerty, John W., "Historic Preservation in Utah: 1960-1980" (1980). Theses and Dissertations. 4737.
Historic buildings, Conservation, restoration, Utah