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Isaac Chase House, Salt Lake City

Construction of the Isaac Chase Home began in 1853 and was completed in 1856. The Isaac Chase Home is one of only a handful of adobe buildings remaining from Utah's early settlement period. Once the center of a pioneer agricultural and industrial complex, the house later served as a residence for the superintendent of Liberty Park and, most recently, as the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts.

Over the years, moisture problems and neglect caused the Chase Home's adobe bricks to compress and settle, threatening the building's structural integrity. Concerned about the home's future, Salt Lake City staff commissioned a feasibility study and developed a plan for renovating the building. Recognizing the home's outstanding significance, Salt Lake City Corporation, the Utah Arts Council, the Utah State Legislature, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered to fund its renovation.

The Chase Home was restored to its circa-1918 appearance in a project that came in on time and under budget. Extensive repairs were made to the adobe masonry, two-story porch, and roof. The landscaping around the house was redesigned to reduce moisture problems. On the interior, some inappropriate alterations were reversed to restore the home's original plan.

The graceful Chase Home serves as Utah's folk arts museum and is a center of cultural activity in Liberty Park. This outstanding project serves as a model of a successful public-private partnership and cooperation between government agencies who rarely cross paths.