Save BYU's Amanda Knight Hall

Amanda Knight Hall Petition

SAVE AMANDA KNIGHT HALL FROM DEMOLITION

TO: BYU Administration

FROM: Provo Joaquin Neighborhood Chair and Vice-Chairs, Utah Cultural Alliance, Preservation Utah, and the Following Signers

We are members of Utah-focused cultural organizations, Provo residents, BYU friends and alumni, and concerned citizens. 

This summer, Brigham Young University announced the demolition of the Tudor-Revival Amanda Knight Hall (built 1939), located in Provo’s historic Joaquin Neighborhood. The University plans to replace the original Amanda Knight Hall with a “replica” of the building located on the same site. 

We ask that BYU reverse its decision to demolish Amanda Knight Hall, and instead either renovate the building for university use OR sell the building to a preservation-minded investor.

Background*

Jessie and Amanda Knight were patrons of BYU who, in the early twentieth-century, repeatedly saved Brigham Young Academy, and subsequently Brigham Young University, from bankruptcy. Using funds donated to BYU by Jessie and Amanda Knight in their wills, the university built Amanda Knight Hall to serve as a woman’s dormitory and as a memorial to Amanda Knight. After serving for decades as a dormitory, Amanda Knight Hall was repurposed in 1964 to be a training center for foreign-bound LDS missionaries. The programs developed in Amanda Knight Hall gave birth to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worldwide Missionary Training Center program, and were, in part, responsible for the meteoric growth of the LDS Church during the latter half of the twentieth century. 

Since its construction, Amanda Knight Hall has been an important BYU and Provo City landmark. In 1996, members of the Provo Landmarks Commission notified BYU that they had placed the building on the Provo Landmarks Register, effectively saving the building from demolition. While BYU did not contest Amanda Knight Hall’s listing in 1996, in 2002 BYU petitioned Provo City Council to remove the building from the registry so they could tear it down. Acting contrary to the recommendation of the Landmarks Commission, the City Council voted to delist the building. The uproar this action caused lead BYU to back down from its plans to demolish Amanda Knight Hall. 

In June of 2018, BYU stated that they had renewed their plans to demolish Amanda Knight Hall. By taking this action, BYU not only demolishes a key part of its own history, but also a significant piece of Provo City and larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints histories. This historic building will soon disappear unless BYU can be persuaded to renovate the building for its own uses OR sell the building to a preservation-minded investor. 

Please sign this petition directed at BYU Administration in support of preserving Amanda Knight Hall. Your efforts on behalf of this preservation effort are greatly appreciated.  

*Visit the “Save Amanda Knight Hall at BYU” Facebook page for additional information.

Who's signing

Russell Barber
Joel Barber
Troy Barber
K West
Katie Kelsey
Jeremy Walton
Jake Kershisnik
Amy Roper
Jessie Nibley
Mia Anderson
Jocelyn McNeill
Jen Orton
Ian Kershisnik
Maria Walton
brooke newhart
Heidi Jensen
Rebekah Blake
Christie Allen
Megan Crow
366 signatures

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  • Russell Barber
    signed 2018-12-03 15:19:18 -0700
  • Joel Barber
    signed 2018-12-03 15:02:17 -0700
  • Troy Barber
    signed 2018-12-03 14:27:31 -0700
    Please don’t get rid of such a nice looking campus building. BYU has so few classic looking buildings anymore.
  • K West
    signed 2018-12-03 14:27:08 -0700
  • Scott Morris
    signed 2018-12-03 14:25:23 -0700
    I used to work in Amanda Knight Hall, in the Museum of People’s and Culture. Working there, I came to appreciate the building’s place in the community for its beauty and its cultural contributions. And that is just a small part of it. A replica will not be the same. Please renovate.
  • Helena Tse
    signed 2018-12-03 14:22:56 -0700
  • JoDell Davidson
    signed 2018-12-03 14:17:31 -0700
    Please preserve this beautiful historical building. Buildings like these make Provo the unique city that it is and help connect us to our history.
  • Sharon Swenson
    signed 2018-12-03 14:01:26 -0700
  • Katie Kelsey
    signed 2018-12-03 13:54:23 -0700
  • Jeremy Walton
    signed 2018-12-03 13:33:04 -0700
    My favorite building on campus
  • Jake Kershisnik
    signed 2018-12-03 13:15:44 -0700
  • Amy Roper
    signed 2018-12-03 13:04:58 -0700
  • Jessie Nibley
    signed 2018-12-03 13:02:34 -0700
    As a BYU alumnus, I would be very disappointed to see the administration tear down a beautiful piece of history and one of only three buildings named for women on the entire campus.
  • Mia Anderson
    signed 2018-12-03 13:00:53 -0700
  • Jocelyn McNeill
    signed 2018-12-03 12:59:26 -0700
  • Carrie Jube
    signed 2018-12-03 12:56:53 -0700
  • Jen Orton
    signed 2018-12-03 12:55:33 -0700
    I think Provo needs to preserve some semblance of its history, especially with historical buildings. Remodel and keep our character.
  • Hannah Rae Jensen
    signed 2018-12-03 12:51:48 -0700
  • Ian Kershisnik
    signed 2018-12-03 12:46:29 -0700
  • Simon Blake
    signed 2018-12-03 12:36:16 -0700
  • Maria Walton
    signed 2018-12-03 12:34:26 -0700
  • Amie Bullard
    signed 2018-12-03 12:24:09 -0700
    This beautiful, historically significant building deserves to be saved. Please don’t erase this history.
  • brooke newhart
    signed 2018-12-03 12:23:09 -0700
  • Laura Madsen
    signed 2018-12-03 12:21:16 -0700
  • Heidi Jensen
    signed 2018-12-03 12:18:41 -0700
    The Amanda Knight Hall is the only historical building on campus named after a woman. It would be such a terrible shame to demolish it.
  • Rebekah Blake
    signed 2018-12-03 12:14:18 -0700
  • Christie Allen
    signed 2018-12-03 12:14:09 -0700
  • Annie Blake
    signed 2018-12-03 12:10:53 -0700
  • Amanda Jensen
    signed 2018-12-03 12:10:10 -0700
    As a BYU-alumnus, I spent time in and around Amanda Knight Hall and considered it to be one of the few architecturally-pleasing buildings on campus and worthy of renovation instead of bull-dozing and “replicating.” Why replicate a building when it is currently there? That doesn’t make sense. Renovations happen every day, every where. Try it, instead of knocking down every piece of architectural history that BYU has left.
  • Megan Crow
    signed 2018-12-03 11:47:52 -0700
    Please save this historic site!