Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to present award at its national conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award to Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah.  The project is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Ogden High School has been a community gathering place and a source of civic pride since the 1930s. The first million-dollar high school in the state, the school is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture. But after graduating 115,000 students over 70 years of active use, the high school was showing its age. 

In response, the local community, the City School District and private donors rallied around the iconic building to support a $64-million, multi-year rehabilitation and restoration. Traditional building skills were used to restore the breathtaking auditorium, and the original gym was transformed into classrooms, performance spaces and science labs. A new entryway was added, and upgrades throughout the building made the school more sustainable and energy-efficient. During construction, community members were invited in to see the detailed restoration work up close, giving them a greater appreciation both for the space and the project. Today, Ogden High School meets 21st-century needs while preserving its historic character. Students and citizens will be learning and growing here for generations to come. 

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Whether it’s the spectacular restoration of an iconic public library in St. Louis or the transformation of a warehouse into housing for previously homeless residents in Detroit, this year’s Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places bolsters local economies and creates jobs in communities across the country.”  

The award will be presented to the Ogden School District, Ogden High School and Ogden School Foundation at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis on November 1, 2013. 

Co-recipients are: Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates; EDA Architects, Inc.; and Hughes General Contracts. 

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.

The 2013 National Preservation Award Winners:

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation:  Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif. 

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.    

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl. 

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.  

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.



African Meeting House, Boston Massachusetts 

Boyle Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 

Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 

Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco, California 

NSO Bell Building, Detroit, Michigan 

Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah 

St. Augustine Mission, Los Lunas, New Mexico

St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri 

Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa



The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces