Mt. Pleasant, Utah (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
The Utah Heritage Foundation has recognized Wasatch Academy for the restoration of Liberal Hall, the original schoolhouse for the 139-year-old institution in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.
Wasatch Academy received the award in the Stabilization, Renovation or Rehabilitation category. The award was announced March 18 by the Utah Heritage Foundation and will be formally presented during the Utah Heritage Awards dinner on May 8.
"Liberal Hall serves as an important touchstone for Wasatch Academy and the Sanpete County community," Head of School Joseph Loftin said. "In restoring the building, we wanted to celebrate the early history of the school and this valley, which has been the home of Wasatch Academy since 1875. To receive this recognition from the Utah Heritage Foundation validates those efforts."
Constructed in 1874, Liberal Hall served as Wasatch Academy's original schoolhouse and is among 20 campus structures listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The important landmark will now function as a museum, archive, research facility and cultural center within the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.
Liberal Hall Museum Director Luke Austin said the award recognizes the collaborative restoration project, which included regional historians, Wasatch Academy employees, Mt. Pleasant city officials and local contractors.
"The Heritage Award honors numerous individuals whose efforts brought the Liberal Hall project to a successful completion and recognizes Wasatch Academy's commitment to the ideals of historic preservation," Austin said.
The Heritage Awards program celebrates the homeowners, architects, developers and others who make preservation a reality. Recipients offer a model for other preservation projects.