The earliest identified permanent residents in Yalecrest began to appear in the 1870s. The area was intended for agricultural use, distributed by LDS Church authorities to the faithful in five-acre lots for use in raising crops and farming. The first structure in the area was an early 1870s adobe farmstead located near the intersection of Yalecrest Avenue and 1700 East. Other settlers built homes in the area and farmed the land; however, no remnants of the settlement-era homes are known to remain.
The current neighborhood began to emerge when developers using prominent architects platted subdivisions starting in the 1910s through the 1940s. Twenty-two subdivisions were platted during this time containing houses that reflect the popular Period Revival styles of the era. Period Revival styles are hypothesized to have been made popular in the United States by soldiers returning from World War I who had been exposed to the vernacular French and English historic architectural styles in Europe. The result is the architectural variety and concentration in Yalecrest that is rarely paralleled in the state.
The development company Ashton & Jenkins spearheaded the major settlement of the Yalecrest area and billed themselves in advertisements as "developers of subdivisions for classy homes." Yalecrest added to the bungalow-friendly neighborhoods Ashton & Jenkins built throughout Salt Lake.
With streets lined by mature trees, historic parks, proximity to schools, parks, and downtown, the historic character of the neighborhood gives Yalecrest a tradition unlike others in the Salt Lake Valley. Starting in 2000, the Yalecrest Community Council took a leadership role in determining the future character of the neighborhood by starting discussions about the need for a compatible infill ordinance. The Yalecrest Compatible Infill Ordinance was passed by the Salt Lake City Council in July 2005 and the community council continues to be interested in exploring additional options to recognize the neighborhood's unique history.
The Historic Homes Tour featured nine homes on Yale Avenue, Yalecrest Avenue, Michigan Drive, and Military Drive, around 1500 East and 1000 South. The homes are not available for private tours or visits after our tour is over. The tour program featured a map of all the homes on the tour, along with brief descriptions, and Utah Heritage Foundation docents explained the architecture, history, and significance of each home.
Lost and Found
Four umbrellas and one pair of eyeglasses were returned to our tour headquarters. The umbrellas are:
- Navy blue with a wood handle and silver buttons, Totes brand.
- Black with a silver handle.
- Black with a black plastic handle smaller than the diameter of the folded umbrella.
- Green with Salt Lake City Public Library logo printed on the umbrella, black handle with instructions on closing.