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

Andrea Parker
Mia Meredith
David Goldthorpe
Marisa Kolle
Brenna Wilie
Sam Verdine
Mayra Payne
Rebecca Moore
Bethany Coates
Chad Nelson
Charmaine Thompson
366 signatures

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  • Sheri Brown
    signed 2018-11-29 18:23:06 -0700
  • Zeniff Guzman
    signed 2018-11-29 17:50:58 -0700
  • Andrea Parker
    signed 2018-11-29 17:44:33 -0700
  • Janet Seegmiller
    signed 2018-11-29 17:00:57 -0700
  • Mia Meredith
    signed 2018-11-29 16:31:23 -0700
  • Michael Abel
    signed 2018-11-29 16:28:38 -0700
    A building has a spirit and memories attached to it that no replica can capture. A part of me resides there.
  • Todd McAllister
    signed 2018-11-29 16:21:29 -0700
  • David Goldthorpe
    signed 2018-11-29 15:58:07 -0700
    This is a beautiful and historic building. Why wipe away our heritage? Restore and renovate to preserve this special place.
  • Marisa Kolle
    signed 2018-11-29 15:35:38 -0700
  • Jason Kerr
    signed 2018-11-29 15:34:41 -0700
  • Brenna Wilie
    signed 2018-11-29 13:49:11 -0700
  • Em Brysojapan
    @eminemlyb tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-29 13:47:25 -0700
    Sign the petition: Save BYU's Amanda Knight Hall https://www.utahculturalalliance.org/amanda_knight?recruiter_id=23442
  • Lauren Canizales
    signed 2018-11-29 13:45:31 -0700
  • Sam Verdine
    signed 2018-11-29 13:45:29 -0700
  • emily bryson
    signed 2018-11-29 13:44:34 -0700
    Stop the dedication of history.
  • Audrey Hancock
    signed 2018-11-29 13:42:21 -0700
    Hey sup
  • Rachel Pixton
    signed 2018-11-29 10:14:38 -0700
  • Brent Barson
    signed 2018-11-28 23:29:23 -0700
  • Mayra Payne
    signed 2018-11-28 18:51:40 -0700
  • Rebecca Moore
    signed 2018-11-28 18:44:05 -0700
  • Bethany Coates
    signed 2018-11-28 18:14:02 -0700
  • Alec Francis
    signed 2018-11-28 17:37:36 -0700
  • Ainsley Romero
    signed 2018-11-28 17:26:36 -0700
  • Chad Nelson
    signed 2018-11-28 14:02:30 -0700
  • Charmaine Thompson
    signed 2018-11-26 12:24:10 -0700
    BYU imitates Tudor architecture in its new student housing, but turns its back on its own Tudor architecture heritage when it demolishes its own historic Tudor buildings. Allen Hall, a wonderful Tudor building, has already been demolished by the University. Please don’t destroy another community treasure! Imitation buildings are not at all like the real thing.
  • Alan Barnett
    signed 2018-11-26 10:31:28 -0700
    Alan B. Barnett
  • Dalene Anderson
    signed 2018-11-26 04:36:45 -0700
  • Deb Grant
    signed 2018-11-25 00:51:09 -0700
    My favorite BYU living space… I was there 2 years., 2nd year as VPA of the hall. It felt more like home than other halls… More intimate. Historic and full of individuality and character. Please consider humans not just efficient use of space and renovate this hall. Thank you!

    Deb Grant, 1981
  • Hugh Van Wagenen
    signed 2018-11-24 21:35:06 -0700
  • Tonya Nicosia
    signed 2018-11-23 23:39:54 -0700
    Tonya Nicosia