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Riverton Historic Preservation Commission receives grant to boost its efforts

May 07, 2018 01:34PM ● By Mariden Williams

Riverton’s historic Page-Hansen general store, built in 1891. In the background you can see the Dome Church and the Riverton Elementary School—now Riverton City Hall. (Used with permission/Utah State Historical Society)

By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

The Riverton City Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a $4,250 grant from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, according to an official Riverton City press release. The commission, recently reconstituted to conduct historic preservation efforts in the community, plans to use the bulk of the money to compile the documentation needed to submit nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

“As the commission began researching historic sites in Riverton, we realized we could use some help,” said Andy Pierucci, chair of the commission. “The grant provides us with the resources to hire a professional historic preservation consultant who will assist us with the complex process of submitting a multi-site nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.”

The only site in Riverton currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places is Riverton City Hall, originally built as an elementary school in 1909.

The commission will hire a professional historic preservation consultant to help with the process of nominating other sites it will consider for the National Register, but the community is welcome to help as well. Anyone interested in recommending a building or site for nomination can contact Pierucci at andypierucci@gmail.com. Many benefits come from sites that are listed on the register, including eligibility for investment tax credits and charitable contribution tax deductions.

“This grant will undoubtedly help the commission in its effort to preserve our history,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “It would be great for our city to have additional listings on the national historic places register, so I look forward to seeing what comes from these great efforts.”