Historic Preservation - Program


Historic Preservation is a process of protecting local history through identification of unique places that tell “our” story. Salt Lake City’s Historic Preservation Program aims to preserve those areas of the City that are uniquely historic and tell the story of the City’s historic past through spaces and structures, while also providing tools to stabilize neighborhoods and areas within the City that are connected by community character more than a specific historic uniqueness.

Districts & Landmarks

Maps and information on Salt Lake City’s historic districts and historic sites



Starting a Project

Everything you need to know about starting a project on a building located in a historic district



Rules, Guidelines & Resources

Salt Lake City's historic design guidelines, zoning information and other historic preservation documents.


Learn about a variety of tax credits and low interest loans available to owners of historic properties


Historic Landmark Commission

View meeting calendars, public notices, agendas and minutes

 Local Historic District Designation & other FAQs 

Get answers to frequently asked questions or submit a question of your own


What's Happening


Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. The ACHP has web-available studies on the Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation.



Profits Through Preservation- The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Utah

“Historic preservation in Utah is not about putting a fence around monuments. The historic resources of Utah are part of the daily lives of its citizens. However, the historic resources of Utah are also providing a broad, significant contribution to the economic health of this state.”

The study looks at jobs, heritage tourism, property values, environmental responsibility, downtown revitalization, and issues of fiscal responsibility.

Design Competition in Capitol Hill

Utah Heritage Foundation (UHF) and the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) are pleased to invite architects, designers, students, and amateurs to submit their vision for a new single-family residence on Arctic Court in the Capitol Hill Historic District of Salt Lake City. Compatible infill in historic districts is an important component of preserving our historic neighborhoods, and this competition provides a unique opportunity to showcase ideas for community-centered development.

An overall redevelopment of the Marmalade Block and Arctic Court is currently underway, starting with the new Marmalade Library, set to open in February 2016 (the Marmalade Block is between 500 North and 600 North and between 300 West and Arctic Court). In early 2015, the RDA purchased the properties at 524 and 528 Arctic Court in Salt Lake City in support of the overall redevelopment of the area. The existing home at 528 Arctic Court is the second Preservation at Work Project House, a joint historic renovation project between UHF and the RDA, whereas the property at 524 Arctic Court is currently a vacant lot.

UHF and the RDA are seeking designs for high-quality, energy efficient, compatible infill development for the vacant lot at 524 Arctic Court, and the RDA plans to hire a construction contractor to build the home once a design is finalized. Immediately across the street, on the west side of Arctic Court, designs have been finalized for twelve, single-family Marmalade Townhomes, and negotiations are underway for the remaining parcels to be redeveloped as mixed-use residential and commercial properties. 571 N Pugsley Street

The first Preservation at Work partnership project between Utah Heritage Foundation and the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency used funds from both organizations to target historic homes for rehab. Following the successful outcome of this project, the second Preservation at Work project house is on Arctic Court. Click below to see the transformation of the Pusley Street project house 571 N. Pugsley Street (http://www.utahheritagefoundation.org/preservation-resources/patw/item/874-pugsley#.VowTENJVhBc)


Click here for the competition rules and guidelines.

Proposed New Local Historic Districts

Yalecrest - Harvard Heights Local Historic District

Yalecrest - Hillside Park Local Historic District




Recently Approved Local Historic Districts  (Designation Ordinance)

Harvard Park (1700 Block of Harvard Avenue) approved December 2014

Princeton Park (1700 Block of Princeton Avenue)

Upper Harvard Yale Park Plat A (Between 1500 E to 1700 E on Harvard Avenue)

Normandie Circle

City Creek (Memory Grove)