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Bandstand c. 1877

Post band members, 14th U.S. Infantry, on steps of new bandstand, west of the newly created Officers' Circle, c. 1877.

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Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historical Department

November 12, 2001 -- Rousing, patriotic songs played by the University of Utah Marching Band and Army ROTC presented a fitting kick-off for the Nov. 10th re-dedication of the Post Bandstand, which is the latest chapter in a storied history for this structure built in 1876.

Thanks to the generosity of long-time U of U supporters Allan M. and Kay W. Lipman and Clark P. and Nancy L. Giles, the University restored the bandstand to its pristine Victorian Gothic architecture as part of its master plan to renovate the entire Fort Douglas complex. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently honored the University for this effort with the 2001 National Preservation Honor Award.

To celebrate this historic occasion, U of U President J. Bernard "Bernie" Machen and the Lipmans and Giles took part in a ceremony, along with Brigadier General Stanley J. Gordon, with the Utah Army National Guard; Rob White; Trustee on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board; John G. Francis, University professor of political science; and Marian Anderson, a University student and resident of Heritage Commons at Fort Douglas. The ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting and a salute to the donors, followed by the Retrieval of the Colors.

During the heyday of the Post Bandstand, Fort Douglas was an important Army supply center as a result of the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The original Victorian Gothic octagon bandstand was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1912 with a classical, less ornamental look (and without the portico). Now meticulously restored, the bandstand once again boasts its distinctive Gothic Revival elements, including finials, octagon cupola, and gabled portico.

The Post Bandstand was a popular place among the first settlers of Salt Lake City. Many
attended concerts there, which were traditionally performed by regimental bands on Sunday afternoons. Some of the bands that entertained there included the 24th (Buffalo Soldier) and 38th (Rock of the Marne) infantries, stationed at Fort Douglas. One of the more famous conductors to lead the military bands at the Post Bandstand was the 38th's Leopold Antone Yost (1888-1951), Chief Warrant Officer, who is buried in the fort cemetery.

The newly renovated bandstand promises to once again be a focal point for student events, concerts and entertainment, and will be a gathering place for the 3,500 athletes and coaches who will be living at Heritage Commons (Athletes Village) during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The bandstand is the first structure in the Fort Douglas renovation project to be re-dedicated. The entire renovation project includes 26 historic buildings, including the bandstand, the chapel, the theatre and Officers' Circle.

 


 
   
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