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

Kristen Beattie
Rachel Cole
Anne Clayton
Florence Hawkinson
Zina Bennion
Abigail Nelson
Allison Hymas
Sarah Rasmussen
Courtney McPhie
Laura Taylor
Matthew Taylor
Lesley Muir
Hinckley Jones-Sanpei
Mary Harrast
Brianna Magnusson
Jane Parker
366 signatures

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  • Kristen Beattie
    signed 2018-12-03 11:35:41 -0700
  • Sarah Jenkins
    signed 2018-12-03 11:35:38 -0700
  • Rachel Cole
    signed 2018-12-03 11:30:52 -0700
  • Jacqueline Corbitt
    signed 2018-12-03 11:18:37 -0700
  • Daniel Collier
    signed 2018-12-03 11:16:15 -0700
  • Anne Clayton
    signed 2018-12-03 11:00:47 -0700
  • Michelle Hubbard
    signed 2018-12-03 10:59:41 -0700
  • Florence Hawkinson
    signed 2018-12-03 10:48:54 -0700
  • Robin Johnson
    signed 2018-12-03 10:45:43 -0700
    I am an alumna of BYU and I would be so sad if this building was torn down. It’s beautiful as is, and according to experts in historical renovation. it still qualifies for repairs. I think it’s important to preserve the historical heritage of BYU campus, while making the updates and improvements needed to aging buildings. Please please PLEASE consider repairs rather than tearing it down to build a replica.
  • Zina Bennion
    signed 2018-12-03 10:31:36 -0700
    My grandmother lived in this building when it was a dorm. It holds such special significance to me now that she is gone. History cannot be brought back once it is torn down. These buildings are sacred in their own and deserve loving restoration not demolition.
  • Toni Pilcher
    signed 2018-12-03 10:31:07 -0700
  • Abigail Nelson
    signed 2018-12-03 10:06:26 -0700
  • Allison Hymas
    signed 2018-12-03 09:49:09 -0700
  • Kirk Preservation Utah Preservation Utah
    signed 2018-12-03 09:30:43 -0700
  • Cheryl Ann Jensen
    signed 2018-12-03 09:18:46 -0700
    Please don’t take down this beautiful, historic building. We need to preserve our history. I have traveled quite a bit through Europe and my most favorite thing to do is visit the old buildings and admire the architecture and study the history behind the buildings. We need more of this here in our backyard. Cheryl Ann Jensen
  • Sarah Rasmussen
    signed 2018-12-03 08:47:07 -0700
  • Courtney McPhie
    signed 2018-12-03 08:36:42 -0700
  • Laura Taylor
    signed 2018-12-03 08:12:46 -0700
  • Matthew Taylor
    signed 2018-12-02 22:39:30 -0700
    Provo had less than 100 buildings that are truly architectural and historically significant and worth saving. This is one of them. Do the right thing.
  • Kelli Gamette
    signed 2018-12-02 22:06:00 -0700
  • John Muir
    signed 2018-12-02 21:02:16 -0700
    This building has so many memories for missionaries who went to the “LTM” prior to their departure to countries all over the world. Save history and this stately building.
  • Lesley Muir
    signed 2018-12-02 20:36:38 -0700
    Do what is right.
  • Jenny Curtis
    signed 2018-12-02 19:45:52 -0700
  • Danielle Bruening
    signed 2018-12-02 19:32:23 -0700
  • Hinckley Jones-Sanpei
    signed 2018-12-02 16:16:04 -0700
  • Mary Harrast
    signed 2018-12-02 11:57:27 -0700
  • Brianna Magnusson
    signed 2018-12-02 08:33:07 -0700
  • Bonnie Mortensen
    signed 2018-12-02 00:56:40 -0700
    This is a very lovely Tudor-style building/residence as I recall. There is a place for the old as well as the new. Please keep this old.
  • Jane Parker
    signed 2018-12-01 23:16:38 -0700
  • Ruth Eldredge
    signed 2018-12-01 22:46:13 -0700