Residing in Liberty Park the Chase Mill gets its name from Isaac Chase, who farmed the land on which the mill was built. Chase Mill was designed by Fredrick Kessler, a prominent mill architect who settled with the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. Construction of the mill started in 1848 and progressed slowly until it was mostly completed in 1852. Chase Mill is the oldest architecturally designed building in the State and is also the oldest standing industrial building. Used to grind wheat, the Mill's claim to fame happened in 1857 when the mill provided grist for free during that year's famine.
Despite several threats of demolition in its lifetime, Tracy Aviary was given permission to renovate the mill in 2002. Immediately work began to stabilize the structure including a seismic upgrade, repairing the windows and replacing the plumbing and electrical systems. However, funding ran out before the project was complete and left the building unusable. It wasn't until additional funds were secured in 2006 that the space could be completed and become a usable and sustainable historic building.
The Chase Mill now boasts an energy efficient and environmentally aware space that serves the community and aviary visitors. It maintains its historic character while providing visitors with a glimpse of Utah's earliest history.
Utah Heritage Foundation presented the award to Tracy Aviary.
Project Architects: Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates and AMD Architecture
General Contractors: Lawrence Construction and Gustafson Construction.