Westminster College president Beth Dobkin gives a tour of the historic Westminster Holt Home in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. The 8,019-square-foot home was built in 1926 and was given to Westminster College by Sheri and Dale Holt. The French chateau-style home will be used for entertaining and meeting space as well as the college president’s residence. | Steve Griffin
Historic home is both presidential residence and college gathering space
SALT LAKE CITY – Dale and Sheri Holt planted every tree and shrub in the front yard of their former home in the Gilmer Park Historic District.
They meticulously restored the 8,019-square-foot French château, returning the 1926 residence to its former grandeur, going so far as to collect the original furnishings owned by the J.G. Vincent family, who built the home.
Last year, they gifted the historic home to Westminster College for a presidential residence, gathering space and fundraising venue. At the time, the house was worth $4.1 million and the furnishings an additional $600,000.
On Tuesday, the college hosted the couple for the official dedication of the Holt Home, now occupied by Westminster College President Beth Dobkin and her husband Randy Chiotti.
The Holts said the house is ideal for entertaining, which they immensely enjoyed in the 20 years they owned and thoughtfully restored the home. It’s where they hosted family holiday celebrations, weekend pool parties and egg hunts in the lower garden.
Their 19-year-old grandson took the news of the home being gifted to the college particularly hard, Sheri Holt said.
“He said ‘I have the best memories there. Why did you have to move?’ ” Sheri Holt said.
For the Holts, it made more sense to gift the residence to the college than to offer it for sale.
“The home is just made to be the presidential (residence), it really …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News