History of the Old School Project
Preservation costs for the Old School project came from monies raised by the Friends of Historic Spring City-it's Heritage Day Celebration activities, the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and various grants from gracious individuals, foundations and state and federal government programs. No city funds were used.
An enormous amount of work has been done on the Old School to preserve, restore, and reutilize it as a new Community Center. Here are a few photos to show the progress that has been made. Thanks to Ann Stucki for the photography.
The new mayor and city council approve using the Community Impact Board (CIB) grant/loan with a written commitment from the Friends Of Historic Spring City-a 501c3 non-profit (FOHSC) to repay the loan portion. The Old Spring City School, which is owned by the city, should have an occupancy permit by the end of the year.
Revamp of the FOHSC website now allows donations to be made online and pre-purchase of Heritage Day Home Tour Tickets online
The Whitmore family pledges $100,000 on behalf of Cutler Schofield. Plans are drawn for the use of the Old School as a community center.
The CIB awards to the City a $323,000 grant and a $323,000 low interest loan. The Friends pledge to repay the loan portion.
2012 Interior structural framing on the Old School is completed.
An Eccles grant of $100,000 which was matched by $160,000 raised by the FOHSC.
FOHSC submits an application for a grant to CIB on behalf of Spring City for $646,000.The CIB awards to the City a $323,000 grant and a $323,000 low interest loan. FOHSC pledges to repay the loan portion.
Interior framing commenced in the northeast room partly paid for by Certified Local Government (CLG) grants from 2009-2011 applied for by FOHSC.
The remaining 3 chimneys were structurally braced with steel framing in the interior by Paulsen Construction at a cost of $34,953.
The Heritage Day Celebration raised $25,800. Home tour tickets $7,380; ArtSquared auction $10,440; Spring City Art Print Suites and art sales $7,250.
FOHSC applied for a CLG grant for $9,900 which was received by the City to pay Calder-Richards Engineering to complete the structural design for the Old School. A supplemental CLG grant was applied for to start the structural wall reinforcement to the old school.
Save Americas Treasures grant was completed.
Heritage Day Celebration raised $15,398.
The Northwest chimney interior structural bracing was done using plans prepared by Calder-Richards Engineering, cost $13,815. Additional roof work done, cost $2095.
The City Council agreed on the following use plan for the Old School in August: First Floor - 3 Rooms for City use and space for DUP use. Second Floor - Rent Rooms for community functions. Third Floor - Offices or studios to rent.
Steven Allred met with the city Council to make sure the FOHSC would not in anyway have any liability for the old school building.
Jack Brady, Architect was hired to do a Preliminary Programming Study. The study helps to determine a use for the old school so a final design and work can continue for the old school.
The old school roof was replaced re-sheathed and re-shingled with architectural fiberglass shingles. The remaining structural upgrade work on the roof was completed. The parapets were braced and the two secondary chimneys on the east were removed. Cost of all the work done in 2007 was $56,000.
The City was asked to help determine a use for the old school to increase the opportunity to receive more grants. FOHSC met with the City Council to explain ideas for possible uses and consequent code requirements needed for potential uses.
The roof framing was upgraded with the help of a George and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation Grant applied for by FOHSC.
Einer Bergstedt donated $1000 to the FOHSC.
A third floor was added to the Old School with help from a Save America’s Treasures grant.($100,000 grant plus $100,000 match from the FOHSC)
The FOHSC awarded a contract for the attic floor structural work for $100,970.00. Half the cost was paid by the FOHSC and half was paid for by Save America’s Treasures.
CTS Engineering was awarded a contract for engineering design work to upgrade the roof framing. The $2,860 contract was partly paid for by a matching Certified Local Government grant.
FOHSC received a $50,000 grant from the Eccles Foundation for the Old School.
Contract for repairing and upgrading the roof framing of the Old School was awarded for $67,000. Sue Sanford Ball donated $1,000 to the FOHSC in Memory of her husband, Glade Anderson.
Spring City received a $100,000.00 Save America’s Treasures grant for the Old School.
Bud Snedecor prepared detailed drawings of the present condition of the old school, this was an important tool in the structural engineering phase.
ABS Consulting was hired to design the attic floor framing system for the old school for $5400.Jewell Rasmussen donated $10,000 toward the Old School project.
Einer Bergstedt donated $1000 to the FOHSC.
FOHSC received a National Trust grant for $6,000 to pay for design of structural work needed at the attic floor level of the old school.
A Warranty Deed was issued from the North Sanpete School District to Spring City for the Old School providing that a main floor space shall be allocated to the Canal and Horseshoe Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) Camps.
Burtch W. Beall, AIA, was hired by the FOHSC for $4000 to prepare a study of the present condition of the old school building.
The FHSC paid a matching portion for temporary structural shoring and roof work at the Old School for $4500.
Friends of Historic Spring City officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Spring City received a grant from the Utah Energy office for $9,012, a grant from the Eccles Foundation for $5,000, a grant from the DUP for $4,384 and another one for $2,500. The FOHSC donated $5,800 to the City. The money was used to pay for a new transformer for the city buildings and a new furnace for the old school.
Friends of Historic Spring City (FOHSC) gave $5,925 to Spring City to help pay for electrical work on the first floor of the Old School
DUP gave Spring City $2,000.00 for the Old School preservation. In December, Cooper/Roberts architects was paid $2,500.00 for a study and drawings of the Old School.
The Old School was deeded to Spring City on August 30, 1994.
The Old School was saved and maintained as a result of the hard work of both the DUP and the Friends of Historic Spring City from 1979 through 1994. Their efforts and untiring loyalty are the reasons why the building still stands.
The school building was experiencing vandalism. The DUP wrote to the City Council and Historical Society expressing their concern about the vandalism and asked for their help. The DUP gave the city $3,000.00 for a partial donation for the printing of the Spring CIty History Books at this time. A grant to the Spring City History Book project was also received on a 50/50 matching basis.
About this time, Joe Blain became involved in the project. Concern was expressed about liability for the old building. The city approached Joe to form a committee to find a use for the Old School building. The committee ran the Home Tour one year.
The Home Tour has continued every Memorial Day weekend.
Mark Soffee donated windows with plexiglass at this time.
Funds from the Home Tour were held by the DUP and used for minor repairs to the building into the early 1990’s.
The roof was oiled again by Paulsen Construction for $899.00.
Spring City became a Certified Local Government with the State Historical Society, qualifying the city for matching grants each year.
The DUP received a grant from the State Department of Community & Economic Development. Funds received were $10,279.00.
The exterior trim of the School building was painted and the windows were repaired and replaced as necessary. A new main entry was constructed. This work was done by Paulsen Construction Ed Sutlift donated much time to help get the project started. With Kenneth Strate and Terry Irons completing the work, cost of $17,700.00. Cash donations from private citizens totaled $2,539.00 in response to 200 letters which were mailed out. The Home Tour, the DUP dinner and quilt raffle provided most of the funds.
John Western and Sherm Strate installed the original bell in the tower and set it up to run on a time clock. The bell had been removed a number of years before.
First Year of the Heritage Days Home Tour.
May 1981, the roof was oiled with linseed and graphite, the Bell Tower repaired and the roof access rebuilt by Paulsen Construction received $987.00 for the work.
First Grant, in the summer of 1980 the roof was completed by Paulsen Construction at a cost of $1037.00 for labor which was paid to Val Sorenson and Roy Rostron. $2057.00 for materials was paid to the contractor. This was in addition to the original $4,857.00 1979 USHS grant. The remaining match of the grant was achieved through donations.
Both DUP Camps were awarded a matching grant from the Utah State Historical Society for roof shingling. They received $4,857.00 from the grant on the $11,660.00 project, that paid for the shingles. No. 1 grade wood singles were started to be installed. The roof work progressed slowly because the labor to install the shingles was all donated.
North Sanpete School District gave a warranty deed to both the Canal Creek and Horseshoe Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) Camps for $1.00 on May 2, 1977, The DUP camps also organized an antique sale to raise money for the restoration project.