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OLD RELIEF SOCIETY BUILDING PLACED ON NATIONAL REGISTER

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A building believed to be the oldest standing LDS Church Relief Society hall in Utah has been placed on the National Historic Register.

Crews also have resumed work to restore the building as a museum and community center after Cache County granted a building permit.The two-story, wood structure is owned by Richmond city and is being renovated through a volunteer committee.

Officials had hoped to open it by the end of August. But because of the absence of a building permit, work was stopped in June.

The county building office refused to issue permits, saying restoration plans did not include a restroom. But Marty Higham, chairman of the Richmond Relief Society Restoration Committee, said the county has since lifted that ban and issued the permits - with no requirement to install a restroom.

The committee and city officials will be given a certificate naming the building to the national registry on Aug. 23 during a ceremony at the building.

An open house at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum next door also will be held, followed by a city-sponsored community party in town square.

The building was placed on the Utah Historical Register in April.

Higham said a new roof has been installed, utility lines are being laid and plans are proceeding to rebuild the back wall. Outside painting should be completed by the end of August and work started to landscape it.

Richmond had used the building for storage after buying it from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1969. Higham's committee petitioned the City Council earlier this year to restore it as a community center.

According to the Utah Historical Society, the building was constructed in 1882 and is the oldest known Relief Society building in existence.