Time moves across the landscape and changes not only places but attitudes. What once was considered new and modern and progressive becomes old-fashioned and dated and inconvenient.

Some voices say, "tear these places down and replace them with something new." But other voices say: "No. If we tear them down, we will lose part of ourselves. We will take away a link that makes us understand who and where we are today."

The Utah Heritage Foundation is one of those second voices. For 40 years, the nonprofit organization has been dedicated to "preserving, protecting and promoting Utah's historic built environment through public awareness, advocacy and active preservation."

One of the foundation's annual projects is a tour of historic homes. This year the tour will focus specifically on how to take something old and make it new again. It will focus on compatible design, on additions to historic homes that don't change the character but improve the livability, says Katelyn Bradley, program director for UHF.

This tour "showcases projects that exemplify the highest standards within the preservation movement," she says. "Incompatible design has been much in the news lately. UHF wants to show the community that compatible additions are possible and, in fact, happen all the time."

The tour is somewhat different this year in that it doesn't focus on just one neighborhood. But the seven houses are within easy driving distance.

One of those homes belongs to Leland and Juliana Rogers and is located on Military Drive. The house was originally built in 1929. In fact, a newspaper ad from April 14 of that year is now hanging on a downstairs wall. It proclaims the original to be "a home of distinctive beauty and individuality, sturdy in construction, well-arranged and equipped with the latest and most modern features."

The ad also notes that the house was "built by Sam Campbell, whose reputation as a builder guarantees only the finest workmanship and material."

Those claims proved true in that the house was still in very good condition when the Rogers family bought it — except that it was small and didn't give them the living space they wanted. "We bought it knowing we would add on," says Juliana Rogers while showing a newspaper reporter and photographer through her home.

The family moved to Utah from Phoenix and at first lived in Farmington. "But in Phoenix, we had lived closer to downtown, and we knew that was what we wanted here. We also knew we'd probably have to remodel to find what we wanted in an older neighborhood."

They first saw the house on a rainy day in October. "But I just fell in love with it," she says. "The back yard reminded me of being on a train in England."

The back-of-the-house addition enabled them to add not only a family room and expanded kitchen on the main floor and a master bedroom suite on the top floor, but also to tuck in a hidden three-car garage on the basement level. The addition is so seamless that except for a slight change in brick color, it is hard to tell where the old ends and the new begins.

"The two most striking things are that we were able to match the old windows, and we got brick from Canada that matches very well," says Rogers. "It all looks like it was done in the '20s."

They were lucky to find builders, designers and others who "really took a personal interest in finding just the right things. We had some great subcontractors."

One of the fun aspects, she says, was being able to save some things from the back of the original house and incorporate them into the new part. "We took a stained-glass window that was at the back, and we set it into the door of the pantry." Also, the original bathroom had an outside window, and they didn't want to lose that. They kept the window frame and installed stained glass, which is backlit so it functions as a night light.

They saved the original staircase railings and had them re-glazed. They saved some of the original hardware and tile floors as well as the hardwood floors. Beautiful arched entranceways are another nice touch that hark back to the '20s.

"We've always collected art. And another thing we were able to do was install art lighting. It's been interesting to see how adding that lighting has enhanced the artwork, made it more noticeable," she says. Another thing Rogers likes is how well her favorite furniture fits right in. "My mother was an only child, so we have a lot of antique furniture from her mother. It looks at home here."

The Rogers have four boys — two of whom are still at home. The way it turned out, she says, "the front of the house pretty much belongs to the kids; the back is ours. But it works well that way."

In fact, she says, the house works well all the way around. "We're very pleased with how it turned out."

That's not to say it was always easy.

She learned a lot about the whole process, about getting permits and compromising to meet modern codes and standards. At that time, there were no neighborhood variances, but they have since been adopted in the Harvard-Yalecrest area. Still, "We had to get permission from the neighbors to add the outside chimney," which was basically cosmetic to add interest to the outside wall. And they had to change the roof line a bit.

So, she advises others, be sure you know what the neighborhood conventions and standards are. Another tip, learn to be creative with finances. "You can't make a renovation budget, because everything always costs more," she says with a laugh. "Plan on that." But in Utah, she adds, "you can find a lot of craftsmen who do very good work." Go for the quality, as much as you can.

And, in the end, she adds her voice to those who love and appreciate the architecture of the past. "The charm of old houses comes through when you live in them," she says."We even have a bit of that old-house smell, and it evokes memories of my grandmother. I love it."

If you go

What: 2006 Annual Historic Homes Tour

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets: $15 for UHF members; $20 for the public. Advance tickets are available by calling 533-0858, ext. 107. On the day of the tour, they will be available at 333 N. Main and 904 Military Drive (900 South and 1692 East)

Information:www.utahheritagefoundation.org or call 533-0858

This year's tour

Homes and homeowners on the 2006 tour include:

333 N. Main; Martha and Bob Evans

331 N. Main; Richard Middleton

580 N. West Capitol; Mark Milligan

680 Wall St.; Helen and Skeeter Draper

1224 E. South Temple; Victor and Elizabeth Pollak

911 Military Drive; Warren Lloyd

904 Military Drive; Leland and Juliana Rogers


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