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Smart Shop - Helper Commercial District - Helper, UT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 39° 41.063 W 110° 51.270
12S E 512476 N 4392737
Quick Description: A National Register of Historic Places plaque at 155 S Main St, Helper, UT, notes this building, once known as the "Smart Shop", is part of the Helper Commercial District, and it provides some history.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 8/8/2016 5:42:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMRVP9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
Views: 1

Long Description:
Sponsored by the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, the plaque says:

This two-story brick commercial building was constructed in 1929. The varied shades of tan bricks are unusual in the historic district. In the early 1930s, the right side of the building was occupied by the "Smart Shop" owned by N.A. Neilson, and the second story housed professional offices. Thorit and Janet Hatch operated the Helper Insurance and Loan Company here for many years.

Marker placed in 1997

Division of State History


That marker number is actually the Utah Historical Society's site inventory number, and it is used by the National Register of Historic Places in the nomination form for the Helper Commercial District (erroneously called "Helper Historical District" on the plaque). When the nomination form was written in 1978, they mentioned that the first floor windows had been bricked over, but today, it looks like the building has been restored to its previous condition.

They've divided 155 S Main into two addresses, 153 and 157. As of this posting, the Happiness Within Coffee Shop and Internet Cafe occupies 153, while Talk of the Town Salon occupies 157.
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Helper Commercial District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

155 S Main St, Helper, UT 84526

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Plaque on building (Photo in gallery)

Optional link to narrative or database: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): Not listed

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