The Ephraim Relief Society Granary The Central Utah Art Center

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Ephraim Relief Society Granary The Central Utah Art Center
Description The heretofore vitally important corner fell into a state of disrepair. The doors and windows were bricked over. The entire area was frequently designated as an "eyesore" and pleas were made for the demolition of the once proud structures to allow that corner to be used for commercial properties. A crisis developed in 1969 when the structure connecting the two buildings was destroyed, as the first step in a total demolition plan. A time of decision was forced upon those involved. Richard and Nadine Nibley. and a few other far-sighted individuals, recognized the rich and varied history enclosed on that corner and took steps toward its preservation. They organized the Sanpete Development Corporation, purchased the property, made repairs and planned for its use as a theater, but financial and other problems prevented the culmination of this dream. The grounds and buildings received only sporadic care, even when placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1973. In 1989 a remarkable chain of events, Including available funds and full support from several sources, came together to alter the shelved plans for restoration and renovation. A year later, funds were raised from private donations and from the Community Impact Board. Snow College Foundation, the Sanpete Trade Association, and Ephraim City united with the Paulsen Engineering and Construction Company in transforming Ephraim Pioneer Square into a center of importance. The former Co-op now houses the Sanpete Sampler, a cooperative craft and gift shop, on the main floor. The second floor is used extensively for receptions, meetings and displays. The Granary's interior was reconstructed completely and wonderfully to function as a single purpose art facility, The Central Utah Art Center. The milling equipment was removed and stored. The magnificent trussed attic is open and exposed to the second floor gallery. This creates a dramatic interior from which an observer, on the first-floor level, can view the entire volume of the building to the cupola. This is an awe-inspiring sight to the visitor. This center has provided Ephraim City and the surrounding area with two floors available for traveling art collections, as well as a home for the artistic creations of local artists. An easily accessible stairway leads to the upper gallery. An adequate parking area occupies the east portion of the grounds. An unusual point of interest, on the exterior south wall, are two wooden pick handles that are securely affixed in the wall, near the 21
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326770
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