APRIL 2023—K.E.E.P. Yalecrest is proud to announce the culmination of a several years signage project with the installation of two types of signs for our 100+ year-old Yalecrest neighborhood.
Beginning in 2014, the K.E.E.P. Board determined that signage for Yalecrest would help bring awareness, recognition, and appreciation to the neighborhood. It was a project harmonious with K.E.E.P.’s mission statement and consistent with two Salt Lake City planning documents.
In 2016, a signage subcommittee was formed from K.E.E.P. members. They researched historic district signage seen across the nation and came up with designs they thought most appropriate. This was presented to the Yalecrest Neighborhood Council in 2018.
Two types of signs were created. Cast bronze ground-mounted signs were placed around the perimeter at nine major entry points of the Yalecrest neighborhood; these denote the 2007 National Register of Historic Places listing and were installed December 2022.
The second type of sign acknowledges local historic district designations within the Yalecrest National District. These smaller signs, installed February 2023, were mounted atop existing street name signs and are similar in placement, shape, style, and design to others throughout the country. Each local historic district (LHD), adopted at different times, has its own specific name based on the original Yalecrest subdivision names; there are 22 subdivisions within Yalecrest.
In 2007, the Yalecrest neighborhood was listed on National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. It is an honorary designation that comes with Utah State Tax Credits for qualifying homes and projects, but does not protect the demolition of historic homes. Only a designated local historic district can do that.
Two of Salt Lake City’s adopted guiding plans, the Salt Lake City Community Preservation Plan (2012) and the updated East Bench Master Plan (2017), highlight the importance of signage stating, "improve or increase the presence of signage denoting local historic districts and landmark sites throughout the City.”
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest was awarded funding through the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for this signage via the Salt Lake City Council. Charlie Luke (District 6 Councilperson at the time) highlighted this project in his December 2019 mailer.
The City’s Capital Improvement Program is an annual multi-step, transparent process available to all residents, groups, and committees to replace or expand the City’s public infrastructure. The Yalecrest project required additional steps and reviews by the Planning Department because these were the first signs of their kind in Salt Lake City.
If your street in Yalecrest wants to become a local historic district, feel welcome to contact K.E.E.P. Yalecrest for help.