For the past 40 years, the Weber County Heritage Foundation’s annual Historic Home Tour has been re-igniting a passion for historic architecture, along with a renewed interest and appreciation for the history that shaped, influenced and built the communities of Weber County.
In our 41st year, we are honored and proud to present the annual Fall Home Tour in the heart of Ogden in the Nine Rails Creative District.
The core of the Nine Rails Creative District has been identified as the area between Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, from 24th to 26th Streets. The district, which contains some of Ogden’s most unique historic architecture, has been designated as a home for the community to engage with art in the public realm, and supports places and programs that encourage creative people to live and work in Ogden.
Many of the homes on this year’s tour fell into disrepair during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the last decade have come into new ownership and undergone heavy renovations and restoration. These homes and their creative transformations are iconic of the Nine Rails Creative District, as well as the renaissance of history and historic architecture in Ogden.
Each residence in the 2018 tour was home to a prominent Ogden citizen. Previous homeowners of the houses on this year’s tour include a journalist, a grocer, a judge, a saloon owner, a cabinetmaker, a bookshop owner, a lumber dealer and a former mayor. The variety of the former tenants’ occupations, home sizes, and life circumstances are a proud representation of the eclectic variety of people who lived and worked in Ogden, contributing to the rich and diverse community we have become today.
In engaging with our community each year during the home tour and other events, the Weber County Heritage Foundation aims to revisit the stories of our community’s history, to breathe new life into those stories, and to grow an appreciation for the people, places and events that made us.
Proceeds from the 2018 home tour will go toward restoration of the Doughboy statue in the Ogden City Cemetery. A re-dedication celebration is scheduled for November 10th to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended fighting on the Western front.
We hope you will join us in the magic that is bringing history back to life!
Tickets for the 2018 Fall Home Tour may be purchased via the link above, or in person at the Eccles Community Art Center during open hours.
Photos by Carolyn S. Jacobson