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Park City Municipal Corporation Celebrates National Historic Preservation Month

Post Date:05/17/2017 10:41 AM


Park City Municipal Corporation Celebrates National Historic Preservation Month
Local preservation projects to be honored with annual Historic Preservation Awards

 Park City, UTAH (May 15, 2017) —Park City Municipal Corporation will be honoring the annual Historic Preservation Award winners following Coffee with Council, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23rd at the Park City Library. This presentation coincides with National Historic Preservation Month, a nationwide initiative to bring attention to local community preservation efforts.

The awards honor excellence in preservation as determined by the Historic Preservation Board and highlights the Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Historic Sites, by which all development in the Historic Districts is regulated. The awards are not meant to compete with the Park City Museum & Historical Society’s awards for Historic Sites, but highlight joint preservation efforts already taking place between the Museum and Park City Municipal Corporation.

The Park City Historic Preservation Board introduced the annual Historic Preservation Award in 2011 to help highlight the numerous historic preservation projects occurring in Park City’s Historic Districts and on other historic sites. Each year, the Historic Preservation Board awards an exemplary historic preservation project that complied with the City’s Historic Design Guidelines.

 Awards are selected based on the following categories:
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Infill Development
  • Excellence in Restoration
  • Sustainable Preservation
  • Embodiment of Historical Context
  • Connectivity of Site

The Historic Preservation Board also commissions a piece art that memorializes the project undertaken by the annual award winner(s). This collection of one-of-a-kind art pieces depicting Park City’s historic buildings and structures has created a legacy gallery that is displayed in the public hallways of the Marsac Building. This year’s commemorative art project is a wood block print, by artist Hilary Honadel, which depicts the California Comstock Mill Building, winner of the 2016 Historic Preservation Award. It will be unveiled at the May 23rd event.  

As part of the five-year anniversary of this awards program, the City will also be presenting bronze plaques to award-winning preservation projects completed both in 2016 and in years past. These projects include:

2016 Award Winners:

  • 264 Ontario Avenue—Excellence in Restoration
  • 81 King Road—Excellence in Restoration
  • 257 McHenry Avenue—Excellence in Restoration
  • 1102 Norfolk Avenue—Excellence in Restoration
  • California Comstock Mill Building—Embodiment of Historical Context

Past Award winners:

  • 562 Main Street—Excellence in Restoration (2015 award winner)
  • 343 Park Avenue—Excellence in Restoration (2015 award winner))
  • 651 Park Avenue—Adaptive Reuse (2015 award winner)
  • 337 Daly Avenue—Compatible Infill Development (2015 award winner)
  • 101 Prospect Avenue—Excellence in Restoration (2014 award winner)
  • 929 Park Avenue—Excellence in Restoration (2013 award winner)
  • 515 Main Street—Excellence in Restoration (2013 award winner)
  • 543 Park Avenue—Excellence in Restoration (2012 award winner)
  • 703 Park Avenue—Adaptive Reuse (2011 award winner)

“The awards are a great example of the efforts Park City homeowners, architects, builders and residents put into protecting and preserving the historic charm and character of Park City,” said Mayor Jack Thomas. “And Park City’s Historic District is a vital piece of City Council’s efforts to retain our unique way of life and commitment to honoring our past.”


About Park City Municipal Corporation
Park City Municipal Corporation is the government seat for Park City, Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 7,500 also hosts many special events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Kimball Arts Festival. For more information, please visit

About National Historic Preservation Month
In 1973, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated May as National Historic Preservation Month. The national campaign is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state and local historical societies, preservation nonprofits, business and civic groups, and municipalities. The purpose of the campaign is to instill national and community pride, promote heritage tourism, and demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. 

This year, the National Trust is celebrating with three simple words “This. Place. Matters.” As part of the national campaign, people from all over the country are encouraged to celebrate and showcase the places that hold special meaning to them and their communities. 

The Utah State Historic Preservation Office—Utah Division of State History—is also promoting May as Archeology and Preservation Month. The state is celebrating with events scheduled in each of their Certified Local Government communities.





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Sometimes reducing your environmental impact can be a little overwhelming. There is a lot of new information and sometimes it changes very quickly from new research or developments. Start off small and take it a day at a time and soon you'll be able to incorporate a lot of these ideas into your daily life.  Here are 10 ways to get started reducing your impact at home.

1. Sign up for the SCPW ChallengePark City worked with Summit Community Power Works to bring this online resource to life. Here you will find 70 actions you can do at home to conserve, with all available rebates and incentives, and step-by-step instructions on how to complete each action. It's even more fun when you get your neighbors to participate and form a team to win prizes and recognition!

2. Conserve Energy - Start off by being conscious of the energy you use at home, noticing what lights are on, when the TV is on, etc. Then make a concerted effort to turn off lights and electronics when they are not needed. Conservation is not about doing without, but about using energy wisely.

Snow Melt Systems
Many Park City residents use snow melt products, such as heat tape, to prevent ice dams on their roofs.  These snow melt systems are needed for certain roofs, but they also use a huge amount of electricity and often times we forget to turn them off when it gets warmer.  In fact, some systems use as much electricity as the entire home.  Make sure your snow melt system is turned off during warmer months - some systems have been found to be operating during spring/summer, costing lots of money and inflating the community's carbon footprint. If you find yourself forgetting to turn off your heat tape, you can purchase a timer that will do it for you.
3. Perform a Home Energy Audit - While energy conservation is important, energy efficiency is even more important and for your home to be energy efficient, you should perform a home energy audit. This audit will tell you where you need upgrades to equipment, lights insulation, windows and appliances. Many of these changes are easy and inexpensive and will yield huge energy savings. A home energy audit can be done by yourself, or you can hire an experienced professional to help guide you and offer the most cost effective recommendations. Here is a list of certified Home Energy Raters. In addition, for $25 you can work with one of Dominion Energy's Energy Experts to develop a plan to start saving energy (and money) immediately.   

4. Replace Inefficient Bulbs - Your energy audit will likely reveal that you have some inefficient bulbs in your home. Make sure to replace those with more efficient lighting options like LED bulbs which use a fraction of the energy and last much longer than older lighting technologies. You'll begin saving money immediately with this low cost and easy upgrade.

5. Unplug - Avoid phantom loads that come from gadgets and electronics that draw power even when they're off. Unplug chargers, printers, gadgets, coffee makers, toasters and other similar electronics to avoid wasting unnecessary energy. You can also plug these devices into a power strip and shut off the power strip when not being used.

6. Improve Indoor Air Quality - Sometimes your home's indoor air quality is worse than the air outdoors due to inadequate ventilation and the release of toxins indoors from furniture, chemicals, equipment and more. Learn more about the sources of indoor toxins and how to reduce them to make your home safer.

7. Upgrade Inefficient Appliances - Reduce both water and energy use by upgrading to more efficient appliances. Look for ENERGY STAR labeled appliances that are guaranteed to be more efficient. While the initial cost of the appliance may be slightly more than a regular one, the money you save on energy will more than cover the cost of the upgrade.

8. Clean Greener - Cleaning solutions in your home may actually be toxic and causing you harm. Start cleaning your home with more natural cleaning supplies that are safer for your family, pets and the environment. Look for all natural, biodegradable and non-petroleum based products.

9. Buy Green Power - One of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your carbon emissions is to support renewable energy from your electric utility. Our very own Rocky Mountain Power has a program for exactly that called Blue Sky. Sign up today!

10. Install a Programmable Thermostat - Making sure you don't heat or cool your home when you're not there (or when you're asleep and cozy under covers) is one of the easiest ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Programmable thermosats allow you to control temperature settings for when you are at home, away, and asleep.