Trial by Fire: How I Became a Historic Preservation (and Community Revitalization) Advocate

In the process of re-building a historic home, we also became part of a larger community re-building process. Through blood, sweat, and tears, and a literal baptism by fire, we became old-house restoration experts, and at the same time, grassroots community advocates. For us, our home restoration and the revitalization of this amazing place have been parallel narratives, narratives that began with looking past the outer layer of decay and blight and truly believing in the potential of a place; willingness to work hard and apply hours upon hours of sweat equity; and making slow but steady incremental improvements that have an exponential impact over many (so many) years.

A sketch of Logan Historic District.

Center Street Historic District Standards

Io worked with Loom PD and the City of Logan to develop design standards and guidelines for residential and commercial buildings, and sites located within the Center Street Historic District. These standards will function as a benchmark for the preservation and treatment of historic properties and new construction within the historic district. Based on the[…]

Orson Hyde Farm

IO designed a master plan for the Historic Orson Hyde House in Spring City, Utah. Orson Hyde is a significant figure in Utah History and in the heritage of the LDS Church.  The site was also significant for its representation of a traditional pioneer-era homestead within the context of early Mormon town planning.  The master[…]

Ogden Business Exchange

As a prominent western railroad hub, Ogden was once home to the largest livestock market west of Denver.  In 1929, the stockyards processed over 250 carloads of cattle, 200 carloads of sheep, and 100 carloads of hogs every single day.  Today the stockyards are a vacant ghost town of crumbling infrastructure and industrial dereliction.  But[…]

Gibson Residence

This pioneer era farmhouse in Salt Lake City is now home to a small family that needed their landscape to be brought up to date while respecting their historic sensibilities. The design of the front yard weaves history, native plantings, vegetable gardens, and updated house colors into a functional design that increases the homes curb[…]

Pioneer Craft House

Pioneer Craft House is a community arts center in the heart of South Salt Lake – a project that has come together under the conjoined efforts of the City of South Salt Lake, CRSA, Community Studio, ZAP Funding and Io Landscape Architecture. Together, we have provided an outward expression of vitality that honors both the[…]

Fillmore Cemetery

Io Landscape Architecture prepared the National Register nomination and a Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) report for the Fillmore City Cemetery. The Fillmore City Cemetery is the first cemetery in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is significant for its association with events and historical figures important to the settlement, politics/[…]

E.O. Wattis House

E.O. Wattis was an early Ogden businessman, and founding member of the Utah Construction Company (One of the contractors responsible for the construction of the Hoover Dam).  His residence located in Eccles Circle in Ogden, Utah is prominent for its original owner and prairie-style architecture.  In 2006, the grand-children of E.O. Wattis came together to[…]