A $350,000 face-lift was recently completed on the Utah State Fairpark's horticulture building.
Constructed in 1902 and the oldest structure still standing at the Fairpark, the one-story stucco building is an example of the beaux-arts and mission revival architectural styles. Distinctive characteristics of the building include plain stucco walls, gables and decorated arched openings.The building project included the installation of synthetic stucco on the exterior and ornamental and structural repairs. Because the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the repairs required a process called retro-fit, in which fiberglass molds were formed from the original design. Missing pieces were filled with clay.
Using this process, "we were able to match the ornamental design to its original state. We feel that we accomplished our goal in restoring the building as closely as possible to its original design," said Marianne Wander, an architect with FFKR Architects.
New spotlights illuminate the building, which is used for county exhibits and flower and vegetable displays during the Utah State Fair. Concerts, dances and trade shows are held in the building when the fair is not in session.