Holt Family Donates $4.1-Million Historic Home to Westminster College
June 21, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster College is pleased to announce the generous donation of a $4.1-million historic house, complete with antique furnishings, owned by Dale and Sheri Holt. The 8,019 square-foot property will be known as the Westminster Holt Home, and is located several blocks from campus in the Gilmer Park neighborhood.
The Westminster Holt Home will give the college a new entertainment and gathering space, as well as a place to house future presidents, including incoming President Beth Dobkin.
“The Holt family has a long, meaningful connection to the college,” said Annalisa Holcombe, Westminster’s chief advancement officer. “The family loved the history of this home and wanted to be sure the next owner would appreciate its rich heritage and beauty. We are honored they chose Westminster to be good stewards of this space.”
The iconic .83-acre property has a storied history, starting with the original builder and owner, J.G. Vincent, who was a successful restaurateur. Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt once visited the home, as did governors from western states during conventions.
Built in 1926, this French Chateau is an architectural masterpiece, and was restored in 2003 by artisans and craftsmen. The Holts took tremendous pride in their home, and for years, they researched and worked to restore the home, collecting original furniture that was once owned by the Vincent family.
“Once the decision was made to donate our home, it was an easy choice to donate it to Westminster College,” Dale Holt said. “It just made sense to give this gift to the college since we’ve had four children and one grandchild attend the institution. We felt Westminster would truly value and appreciate our gift, which could be used as a home for future presidents and potential fundraising events.”
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.