Built c. 1892 of native red sandstone by Abram Hatch — an important church, business and community leader and builder of early Wasatch County.
Adaptive restoration 1973-1974 by Zions First National Bank.
Located at 81 East Center Street in Heber City, Utah
The Abram Hatch house was constructed circa 1892 of native red sandstone, Abram Hatch was born January 3, 1830 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont. In 1840 his family was converted to the Mormon Church and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, in the fall of 1840. During the Mormon exodus of 1846, Abram captained one of the flat-bottomed ferry boats used to carry the Saints and their belongings across the Mississippi River. He made the journey to Utah in 1850 and settled at Lehi the following year, where he engaged in farming, stock-raising and operating a hotel and store. In 1861 and again in 1863 Mr. Hatch returned east to the Missouri by wagon to help bring immigrants across the plains to Utah and to purchase and freight goods for his store and others. From 1864 to 1867 he served a mission in England and upon his return was ordained by Brigham Young to serve as the Presiding Bishop of Wasatch County. When the area was formally organized as a stake in 1877, he served as stake president from 1877 to 1901, It was under his direction that the Wasatch Stake Tabernacle, now a National Register site, was constructed.
In addition to his church responsibilities, Mr. Hatch operated a mercantile store in Heber City, a farm and ranch and served as a member of the Territorial Legislature, He was, in every sense, a community leader and builder.
The home, constructed under his supervision in the early 1890s, was remodeled for use as apartments. However in 1973 the home was purchased by Zions First National Bank and renovated to house that bank’s Heber City office, The exterior was carefully restored and the interior, although adapted for a modern banking facility, contains much of the original woodwork.
The contribution of Zions First National Bank in restoring the Abram Hatch home has been recognized by a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History in 1974 and an Award of Merit by the Utah Heritage Foundation.
In addition to the building’s significance as the home of Abram Hatch – pioneer, long-time church leader and legislator, freighter, farmer, rancher, merchant, miller, businessman and community builder the home is an excellent example of a tasteful and meaningful adaptive use.
The photos below are from Bruce H. Zollinger‘s real estate listing: