Lehi was officially incorporated in 1852, and is home to a variety of historic buildings that are still being used throughout the city. Several of those buildings and homes date back to the mid- to late- 1800s and early 1900s. Here are 10 of the many historic buildings in Lehi, all 10 of which have been registered with the National Register of Historic Places.
-Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Utah Southern Railroad Depot
The Utah Southern Railroad Depot was built in 1873, and was in operation as a railroad depot for 100 years before it closed in 1973. The building sat unused for several decades, until in 2000 Lehi and the Lehi Historical Preservation Commission joined together to restore the Railroad Depot to its original beauty.
Now, the Utah Southern Railroad Depot is the second oldest standing depot west of the Mississippi and the oldest in Utah. It is located at 257 E. State St. in Lehi.
Lehi North Branch Meetinghouse
The Lehi North Branch Meetinghouse was built in 1875 with an addition in 1917. It is located at 1190 N. 500 West in Lehi. According to the National Register of Historic Places, it is the only surviving historic Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Lehi.
The building was used as a church building until 1953, when it was sold to a private owner who made several changes to the interior to make the building work as a private residence, but maintained some of the building’s distinctive features. The building was sold again in 1968 to Ross and Jean Lamb, who worked to restore the building.
James H. and Rhoda H. Gardner House
Built in 1896, the home at 187 E. 300 North in Lehi was originally owned by James H. Gardner, who was the superintendent of the Utah Sugar Company factory.
Samuel I. and Olena J. Goodwin House
Built in 1896, this home at 80 W. 400 North in Lehi was originally owned by Samuel Goodwin, who was the manager and superintendent of the Lehi People's Co-operative Mercantile Institution for 23 years.
The house underwent several additions and alterations until the early 1920s.
Harry B. Merrihew Drugstore
The Harry B. Merrihew Drugstore at 98 W. Main St. opened in Lehi in 1900 after the building was constructed in 1899. The drugstore was home to a soda fountain that was well-visited by local residents. It housed Merrihew’s Drugstore until 1917 when he sold it to the State Bank of Lehi as their headquarters. The bank remained in the building until 1953.
Since that time, the building has housed Julian’s Drug Store, the Lehi Post Office, Jo’s Fashions, a jewelry shop and a gift shop.
Thomas R. Cutler Mansion
This home, built in 1900, was the two-story home of Thomas R. Cutler, who was a prominent Utah businessman. He was the general manager of the Utah Sugar Company from 1889 through 1917. He is often credited with having a big influence on the business development in Lehi. He was instrumental in getting the Utah Sugar Company to build its first factory in the city. The home is located at 150 E. State St.
People’s Co-op Building
The People’s Co-op Building on Lehi’s Main Street was built in 1902, and opened as a branch of the Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution (Z.C.M.I.). It was also reportedly the first building in Lehi to have cement sidewalks and the first to receive electricity. The co-op closed in 1937 and in 1939, “The Niagara” roller skating rink opened. That rink closed soon after, but other skating rinks have been housed in the building.
Since that time, the building has housed a furniture store and other businesses. It is now the home of Osmond Designs.
It is located at 151 E. State St. in Lehi.
Thomas and Mary Webb House
This home at 388 N. 200 East in Lehi was built in 1903. The original owner was Thomas Webb, who was a successful farmer, cattle rancher and businessman in Lehi. He also served as the mayor of Lehi from 1905 through 1909.
Lehi Roller Mills
Founded in 1906, the Lehi Roller Mills has been producing flour in the area since its inception. It became famous when the mills were used as a filming location for the 1984 film "Footloose" with Kevin Bacon. At the time, the Lehi Roller Mills were surrounded by vacant fields, but it now stands near I-15 along Lehi's busy Main Street at 833 E. Main St. in Lehi.
Lehi City Hall
The Lehi City Hall at 51 N. Center St. was originally built between 1918 and 1926 as a memorial honoring World War I veterans, and was to be used as a city hall, museum and library when it was built.
It is now home to the Hutchings Museum.
Additional historic homes:
Thomas Austin House
Year built: 1901
Location: 427 E. 500 North, Lehi
Dr. Elmo and Rhea Eddington House
Year built: 1932
Location: 617 N. 100 East, Lehi
Christian and Sarah Knudsen House
Year built: 1909
Location: 123 S. Center St., Lehi
John Y and Emerette C. Smith House
Year built: 1903
Location: 518 N. 100 East, Lehi