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Historic Scott School building rededicated

Wednesday, December 19, 20122246 views

Residents used to know the building as the Pioneer Craft House. On Dec. 8, city officials held a ribbon cutting to rededicate the building and campus located on the corner of 3300 South 500 East as the Historic Scott School Community Center.

 South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, Salt Lake County Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw and Pioneer Craft House Board Chair Jeff Hatch spoke at the ribbon-cutting event attended by South Salt Lake City Council members, local officials and other Pioneer Craft House board members, instructors and administrators.

‘The Historic Scott School is the oldest continuously operating school in Salt Lake Valley. The ribbon cutting celebrates keeping it as a community arts education center for future generations,” South Salt Lake City Urban Design Director Sharen Hauri said.

Built in 1890, the Historic Scott School building and campus has served as center for educational, religious and other community purposes over the years. The building is just across the street north of the old Granite High School and was previously owned by Granite School District.

The building has been used by the school district, the Pioneer Craft House nonprofit organization and Salt Lake County Recreation. South Salt Lake after the city purchased the property from Granite School District in 2007 for $760,000.

Aside from being an artisan resource and community classroom event center, city officials have plans for the property to become a gathering place for new residents to learn English and other vital skills.

The Pioneer Craft House nonprofit organization has been managing all the arts and crafts programs on the old Scott School property since 1950. Pioneer Craft House at the Historic Scott School Community Center is now a campus partnership between the organization and South Salt Lake city officials. 

‘We look forward to continuing the partnership with South Salt Lake and Salt Lake County. We’re now back in business recruiting new students, teachers and instructors,” Hatch said.

The Historic Scott School building will now be available for community programs, such as afterschool activities, and offer rental space for public projects.

‘It’s exciting to have something that’s part of our history. [It’s] 120 years old, and now we’re going to have children back in [the building]. It’s fun to watch this transform,” Wood said.

Funding from Zoo, Arts and Parks grants administered by Salt Lake County is supporting the Historic Scott School Community Center.

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