Built in 1935-36, the Mount Pleasant High School Mechanical Arts Building
is part of the Public Works Buildings Thematic Resources nomination and is w 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.
The Mount Pleasant High School Mechanical Arts Building is one of 233
public works buildings identified in Utah that were built during the 1930s and early 1940s. Only 130 of those 233 buildings are known to remain today and retain their historic integrity. This is one of 107 public school buildings
constructed in Utah, 55 of which remain. In Sanpete County 18 buildings were built. This is one of 11 that remain and are relatively unaltered.
The building was constructed between 1935 and 1936 as a Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) project. It was a duplicate of the Moroni High School Mechanical Arts Building that was constructed at the same time. The project was approved in November 1934; construction began in January of 1935 and was completed in April 1936.
This building is one of three high school shop buildings constructed in
Sanpete County using the same basic design. The other two are in Ephraim and Moroni, both of which are still standing and eligible for nomination. All
three of these buildings are large, two-story box-like structures with
rectangular plans and centrally placed two-story entrance porticos. The Mt.
Pleasant building, like the one in Moroni, is built of cream-colored limestone and has a low-pitched hip roof. The openings are arranged symmetrically around the entrance bay which has a gable roof, heavy cornice returns, a round arch upper story window, and a molded cornice over the door itself. There are low-relief quoins at the corners. The building remains in good original condition.
Ted Lasson Memorial Park
This park is dedicated to the memory of Edgar E. ‘Ted’ Lasson who has given a lifetime of service to others, both in his daily life and through his 47 years as a member of the Mount Pleasant Lions International.
- Mt Pleasant, Utah
This one-story structure is one of several commercial and industrial buildings that once existed along the west end of Main Street. It was originally a laundry, built at the turn of the century by Wilford Peterson and Ole Hansen of sandstone and brick. It has a stepped front parapet wall concealing a gable roof. The right window has been filled-in but the exterior and interior otherwise retain their original appearance. The central double doors lead to a large, open interior room with wood posts supporting roof trusses. Beyond the original west wall is a masonry addition.
This business collected laundry from Spring City to Thistle using horse-drawn wagons. Here they made their own soap from local tallow, but the scarcity of tallow during World War I caused the closure of this laundry business. Since then, the building has served many uses including a store, a cheese factory, wool storage, ice skating rink, meat processing, cold storage, and wood shop. Many local residents have related childhood memories of gathering soda pop bottles and bringing them here to redeem for money or candy at the old fashioned penny candy counter in the store. It is currently owned by Native Wines.(*)
72 S 500 W, Mt Pleasant, Utah
Built in 1934 and located at 313 S 100 E in Mt Pleasant, Utah.
David and Alta Lowry bought the home in 1962, see more on them here.
This timeline that was put together by Tudy Barentsen Standlee and the below story by Lee R. Christensen were both found on this webpage.
We started construction on the house we latter called “the white house” mid Spring 1934 and hoped to be in by school starting time or mid-September. Construction was delayed during the summer when our two carpenters, Charles Jacobsen and Ferry Peterson took time away from our job to help build the CCC camp. The Wright family did the cement work. Oscar Amundsen and Charles Christensen (Minnie Rutishauser’s father) did the brick work and the Bohne’s the plumbing and electrical. And we moved in just before Thanksgiving 1934.
Our architect was a Mr. Young from Salt Lake City and rumored within the family as a major architect on a number of LDS temples. He was unhappy with what he considered three major mistakes by our builders. The outside brick wall was to have been constructed with “weeping mortar” giving it a very rough look. While the mortaring is thicker than usual it is not weeping. The exterior 2nd floor walls went into the roof line by about 8 inches and had been curved up to meet the roof.
That curving was to have been carried out thru out the 2nd floor on the interior walls even though they did not need it to meet the roof. And the roof shingling was to have been given a wavy effect (I never knew how).
Our family lived here for 10 happy years with these artistic mistakes until we sold in 1945 to the incoming Superintend of Schools.
Built in 1890, the Hans Christian Davidsen and Johanna Marie Nielsen home is located at 89 N State Street in Mt Pleasant.
Hans invented the pressure cooker and was also the first photographer and newspaper editor in town. He was born in Denmark and moved to Mount Pleasant in 1866.