The Fairview Amusement Hall, built c.1927, is significant under Criterion A as the primary social meeting place in the small central Utah town of Fairview. The Amusement Hall is built around the original dance floor of the Eclipse Pavilion, which was constructed in 1895. Theater, music, and social dancing were popular activities in early Mormon settlements of Utah where several miles often separated isolated communities. The Fairview Amusement Hall is the only remaining such building in town and one of very few remaining in the state. The Fairview Amusement Hall has been in continual use since its construction and is still used for dances and other social events. The building retains its architectural integrity and is one of a number of contributing historic buildings along Fairview’s Main Street.
About 1878, a social hall was erected. This building had a good dance floor and stage and served as amusement hall for the people until the summer of 1899, when it was destroyed by fire. However, before this time, in the year 1895, a new dance hall known as the Eclipse Pavilion was built. After the social hall burned, a stage was put in the Eclipse Pavilion, and this served as both dance hall and opera house until 1927, when it was replaced by the current amusement hall. However, the floor of the Eclipse was retained in the new amusement hall.
The group who built the Eclipse purchased the land from Joseph Wing. The 1/4-inch quarter-sawn oak flooring was ordered from a Mr. Jex in Spanish Fork, Utah. The building was 108 feet long and 50 feet wide. A Confectionary and ice cream parlor were built at the west end. The Post Office was also in the building part of the time. The Eclipse was sold in 1907 to Lindsay Brady who sold it to the Mormon Church in January 1910. It continued to be used as a community center and dance hall. In June 1921 the Fairview Ward was divided into two wards and Allie Carlston, a builder/contractor, was “chosen to manage the Pavilion or the Eclipse Dance Hall as it was called then… As manager, the debt was paid off and.. .a sinking fund accumulated.”
At that point, Allie Carlston received permission to replace the building if he could find a way to pay for it. He visited LDS Church President Heber J. Grant and explained that they had a community firetrap as an amusement hall in Fairview and that they had plans to demolish it and build a brick structure around the present floor since it was in perfect condition. They would build the brick walls then demolish the remaining portion of the old building after the new one was completed. Arrangements were then made to go forward with this plan. Carlston supervised the job and Oscar Amudsen did the brick work with his son, Whit, helping on the interior layer of adobe brick. The new Amusement Hall was completed c.1927 and the two wards appointed a manager for the Amusement Hall and continued to oversee it. The LDS Church first approached the city about taking over the Amusement Hall in 1968. It was finally deeded to the city October 5, 1982, on a restricted deed that continued the no drinking or smoking policy that had been established in 1896 along with tenets of the LDS Church.
The Amusement Hall is located at 65 S State St.
The Amusement Hall has always been a very important part of Fairview Social Life. It has been used for many various events over the years. People came from far around to the regular and special-occasion dances. The young men herding sheep and cattle on the mountain would come down to the dances. People from Snow College in Ephraim (approximately twenty miles to the south) and the Brigham Young University (approximately fifty miles to the north) joined with the locals as well; the railroad that ran through Sanpete Valley was convenient transportation.
A church missionary farewell or homecoming called for a dance. Many courtships started and continued in the Amusement Hall. Young married couples went to the dance for their night out. Wedding anniversaries, ninetieth birthdays and other special events have used the Amusement Hall for family and friends. Old folks’ dinners and reunions were and still are held here. Theatrical presentations found a place for performance as well. Wednesday was roller skating night for many years beginning in the early 1950s. Dance Classes and wrestling instruction have provided youth entertainment and knowledge and craft shows are also a popular event. Santa Claus still visits every year, and civic meetings are still held here. Although the popularity of individual events has varied over years, the Fairview Amusement Hall retains its place in the memories and current lives of Sanpete residents.
Built in 1936, the Fairview City Hall is part of the Public Works Buildings Thematic Resource nomination and is significant because it helps document the impact of New Deal programs in Utah, which was one of the states that the Great Depression of the 1930s most severely affected. In 1933 Utah had an unemployment rate of 36 percent, the fourth highest in the country, and for the period 1932-1940 Utah’s unemployment rate averaged 25 percent. Because the depression hit Utah so hard, federal programs were extensive in the state. Overall, per capita federal spending in Utah during the 1930s was 9th among the 48 states, and the percentage of workers on federal work projects was far above the national average. Building programs were of great importance. During the 1930s virtually every public building constructed in Utah, including county courthouses, city halls, fire stations, national guard armories, public school buildings, and a variety of others, were built under federal programs by one of several agencies, including the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), the National Youth Administration (NYA), the Works Progress Administration (WPA), or the Public Works Administration (PWA), and almost without exception none of the buildings would have been built when they were without the assistance of the federal government.
I was reading here that apparently it was demolished and then the some stone was used to rebuild it exactly the same from the exterior, with updated interiors.
The Fairview City Hall is one of 232 buildings constructed in Utah during the 1930s and early 1940s under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and other New Deal programs. Of those 232 buildings, 133 are still standing and are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. This is one of 22 city halls built, 19 of which are still standing. In Sanpete County 17 buildings were constructed, 13 of which remain.
- New Deal Funded Projects in Utah
The local newspaper recorded the construction of the building as follows. “Work has just begun on the new Fairview City Hall and library to be built at Fairview as a government aid project.
“It will be a two-story building and will be constructed of sawed native rock, known as blue sandstone. The building will be erected on Main Street on the corner lot south of the amusement hall and will have accommodations for city hall, library, jail, Legion hall, kitchen and serving room and two rest rooms. “Thirteen men will be employed during January and 20 from then until June when it is expected the project will be completed, said Oscar Amundsen, foremen. “The plans for the building were drawn by Hugh Anderson of Fairview. $10,000 was appropriated for the building but this amount is not enough to complete the project, stated Mr. Amundsen “‘ Little is known about the construction careers of Oscar Amundsen and Hugh Anderson. This building has continued to the present to serve as the city hall and library for the town of Fairview. ” – Mt Pleasant Pyramid, Jan 31, 1936, p.1.
The Fairview City Hall, built in 1936, is a one-story stone building with a basically square plan, a raised basement, and a flat roof. There have been no major alterations made to the building.
This building represents an excellent example of the stark, abstract classicism associated with the PWA Moderne architectural style in Utah. The principal facade is symmetrically divided into three bays. The central bay is narrower and contains the front door, while the flanking bays have slightly wider windows on both the main and basement levels. The windows are Palladian-inspired and tripartite, and are topped by elliptical fanlights. A similar arch is found over the front entrance. Openings on the sides and rear are simple rectangles. The building is constructed of the local oolite limestone, finely dressed to a smooth ashlar surface. A band of low-relief dentils run beneath the cement coping at the edge of the roof. A very small concrete block addition was built on the rear of the building at an unknown date. Because of its small scale and its location at the rear, that addition does not affect the historical integrity of the building.
Located at 15 S 200 E in Fairview, Utah, the James Anderson house is architecturally significant as an extremely ornamented example of folk/vernacular house design. The 1 1/2 story hall and parlor home with wall dormers became a favorite building type for Utah builders in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s. The basic house has been recorded in the state devoid of stylistic trim, with Greek revival features, Gothic finials, and with decorative features associated with later pattern-book Victorian thinking. The James Anderson house is a classic example of the latter”- the fusion of an older vernacular concept of house plan with an innovative (and quite speculator really) approach to external visual appearance. Given the potential for elaboration, the builder-architect of the Anderson House approached the extravagant. The controlling order of the old symmetrical folk model prevented excesses and the end result is a house of considerable elegance and beauty. (*)
James Anderson was a successful Fairview farmer and merchant and his achievements are mirrored in the fine house he built in the 1880s. Born in 1842, the son of Mormon converts, Archibald and Agnes Anderson, James came to Utah from Scotland with his family in the March of 1860. James married Hannah M. Cheney in 1866 and prospered as local farmer, ultimately acquiring some 70 acres of land and 3000 sheep. He was elected a member of the City Council, was president of the Fairview Co-op, was on the board at Fairview State Bank, was named a director of the Union Roller Mills, and held stock in the local creamery.
The James Anderson house in Fairview is an extremely colorful variant of the folk/vernacular “hall and parlor” house plan. Decorative effects are achieved here by using red brick trim against the dominate yellow brick background to define and dramatize the prominent features of the house.
The Anderson house faces west and is 1 1/2 stories high with a one story rear “T” extension to the east rear. The house’s main western section has four rooms in the normal hall and parlor “two-over-two” arrangement. The house is steedly gabled with a corbelled stove chimney placed slightly off center on the ridge. Porches occur on the sides of the frame one story rear “T” and a brick segmented bay protrudes from the north end. There is a hipped porch on the facade topped by a fine spindled balcony which is reached by the second level front door. The balcony woodwork is repeated on the side bay window. There is a symmetrical three-opening facade with upper wall dormers.
Stylistically the Anderson house is rather eclectic with the colorful red brick bordering its most distinctive feature. The house corners are solid red brick bordered by alternating yellow and red brick courses. This red-yellow marquetry is found around all the doors and windows and on the side bay. The window and door heads are segmented relieving arches with three rows of alternating red and yellow header courses. There are simple cornice returns on the gables. Both the end gables and dormer gables contain intricate fan-bracketing. The house remains unaltered and in excellent condition.
When I drive through Fairview I look at The Corner Station and just love it. The whole look of it is so vintage, classic and cool.
From their website, the Corner Station building began as Reece’s Service Station in 1921. It was built on an angle to the street and the quality brick facade and sturdy construction seems to say the building was meant to last and be part of this Fairview Utah community for a long time. Later, Reece’s brother-in-law Wendell Christensen took over and most folks remember the place as Wen’s Service. The building was also owned or run by Bert Vance, Dave Boylan, Dave Smith, John Unferdorfer and others after Wendell retired.
- Fairview, Utah
Built in 1908, the Fairview Tithing Office is historically significant as one of 28 well preserved tithing buildings in Utah that were part of the successful tithing system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon church) between the 1850s and about 1910. Tithing lots, which usually included an office and several auxiliary structures, were facilities for collecting, storing, and distributing the farm products that were donated as tithing by church members in the cash-poor agricultural communities throughout the state. Tithing offices were a vital part of almost every Mormon community, serving as local centers of trade, welfare assistance, and economic activity. They were also important as the basic units of the church-wide tithing network that was centered in Salt Lake City.
The Fairview Tithing Office was built in 1908 to serve as the new tithing office for the Fairview Ward. Also located on the tithing lot were a barn, granaries, and corrals to keep the farm products and livestock that were donated as tithing to the church. None of those buildings or structures are still standing. This building has three rooms on the main floor and a basement, in which was stored fresh produce, eggs, hams, etc. A safe for storing the cash tithing was located in the rear room on the right side, and the two front rooms were used as the bishop’s office and for bishop’s meetings.
Approval to construct the Fairview Tithing Office was received in March 1908 from the Presiding Bishopric’s Office of the LDS church by Bishop James C. Peterson of the Fairview Ward. His request of the previous year, “for a tithing office for the Fairview Ward similar to that built at Fountain Green,” was denied because the tithing office construction fund for that year had already been exhausted. 1 The Fairview Tithing Office, which was completed in either late 1908 or early 1909, was constructed at a cost of just over $2000.
The design of the Ephraim Tithing Office was one of at least two standard
tithing office plans that were developed at church headquarters around 1905 and sent out to a number of wards in the state that requested to have a new tithing office built. Those plans were perhaps the first examples of what eventually became a policy with the church – developing standard building plans at church headquarters rather than having each ward generate its own. Other tithing offices in the state that have virtually the same design as the Fairview Tithing Office, referred to as “tithing office no. 2,” are those in Garland, Ephraim, Fountain Green, and Spring City.
In 1932, the tithing office was apparently no longer needed by the Fairview Ward, so it was sold to Henry A. Rasmussen, who has lived there ever since.
The Fairview Tithing Office is a one story square red brick building with a
coursed sandstone foundation and a pyramid roof. It was designed from one of at least three standard plans which were created for tithing offices about 1905, two of which have been identified. The plan type of the Fairview Tithing Office has been identified as Type No. 2, and is almost identical to the design of the Ephraim, Spring City, Fountain Green, and Garland Tithing Offices. Typical of this particular design is the asymmetrical facade divided into equal halves by a simple buttress. One half consists of an arched porch set into the southeast corner. The other half is composed of three double hung sash windows. There is a large sandstone block centered over the buttress. Inside the porch a door is centered between two double hung sash windows. There is a second smaller arched opening at the east end of the porch. In addition there is a door flanked by two windows on the east wall, and a single window is set into the west wall. All of the windows and doors have sandstone sills and lintels. Triangular vents are centered on the front and back roof sections, and there are dormers on the east and west roof sections. Dormers were not a standard element on tithing offices of this type, and they may represent a later addition. They complement the building in scale and massing, and therefore are an unobtrusive addition. Except for the possible addition of the dormers, the Fairview Tithing Office is unaltered on the exterior and maintains its original integrity.
Mt. Pleasant is one of the places claiming to be the geographical center of the state, I’ve seen 3 so far.
After taking lumber out of Pleasant Creek Canyon in late 1851, a band of Mormon colonists from Manti led by Madison D. Hambleton returned in the spring of 1852 to establish the Hambleton Settlement near the present site of Mt. Pleasant. During the Walkara (Walker) Indian War, the small group of settlers relocated to Spring Town (Spring City) and later to Manti for protection. The old settlement was burned down by local Native Americans, so when a large colonizing party from Ephraim and Manti returned to the area in 1859, a new, permanent townsite was laid out in its present location—one hundred miles south of Salt Lake City and twenty-two miles northeast of Manti.
Among the founding settlers were Mormon converts from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and the eastern United States. By 1880, at which time Mt. Pleasant was the county’s largest city, with a population of 2,000, more than 72 percent of its married adults were foreign born. This ethnic diversity had an important impact on village life during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For decades, five languages were commonly spoken in town, creating confusing and sometimes amusing communication problems.
- Brunger Motel & Cafe
- Carnegie Library
- First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant
- Geographical Center of Utah
- Hansen-Barton Building
- Kinema Theatre
- Laundry Building
- LDS Chapels – Red Church – South Ward Building
- Lowry Cafe
- The Merz Fountain
- Mount Pleasant Christmas Lights
- Mt. Pleasant City Aquatic Center
- Mt. Pleasant Fort
- Mount Pleasant High School Mechanical Arts Building
- Mt. Pleasant Monument
- Mt. Pleasant National Guard Armory
- Mt Pleasant Relic Home
- Mt Pleasant Telegraph History
- Mt Pleasant VFW
- National Guard Calvary Stable
- Parks – Power Plant Park – Ted Lasson Memorial Park – City Park
- Peter Johansen House
- Schools – Mt. Pleasant Elementary (old) – Hamilton, Old High School, Wasatch Academy
- Seely Barn
- Ursenbach Funeral Home
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