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Helper Securities Block - Helper Commercial District - Helper, UT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 39° 41.101 W 110° 51.270
12S E 512476 N 4392808
Quick Description: A National Register of Historic Places plaque at 127 S Main St, Helper, UT, notes this block as being part of the Helper Commercial District, and it provides some history. Today, several businesses are tenants here, but it's not full up.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2018 6:32:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMZCDY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Sponsored by the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, the plaque says:

This one-story red brick commercial block was built by Helper Securities in 1927 and contained seven businesses. The northern section originally housed the J.C. Penney store managed by M.P. Street. Just south, the Safeway store was operated during the early 1930s. South of Safeway was Central Cleaners, first owned by E.E. Iwanoto during c.1933-70. The southern portion of the building was occupied by a drugstore during the early 1930s. A similar Helper Securities building containing five businesses was also built in 1927 on the south end of this block.

Marker placed in 1997
CR-07-741

Division of State History

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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 (see Optional link, below), which is erroneously called "Helper Historical District" on the plaque. The marker text is pretty much what the nomination form says.

While the National Register's Nomination Form refers to this one as being #127, it has been broken into multiple sections, of course, but it is difficult to ascertain the entire range of addresses. As of this posting, Steven Lee Adams Fine Art Studio is in #115, the Helper Pharmacy/Clinic is in #123 and #125, and Ben Steele Art Studio is in #127 and #129. The southernmost building is vacant, lacking a number, but it might be #131. As long as you're looking at the group of buildings just to the south of the fire station and a vacant lot, you'll be looking at this one.
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Helper Commercial District

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

Address:
127 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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