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

Lindsay Thompson
Elizabeth Courtier
Kelly Dunn
Melinda Preator
Logan Millsap
Hanalee Hemmersmeier
Charlotte Keneipp
Daniel Jensen
Brigham Barnes
Maxwell Wright
Katie Lund
Melinda Evans
Marta Nielsen
Ellen Decoo
Nik Abbott
366 signatures

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  • Eliza Nevin
    signed 2018-11-16 12:51:58 -0700
  • Lindsay Thompson
    signed 2018-11-16 11:55:19 -0700
  • Ashley Mackay
    signed 2018-11-16 10:34:35 -0700
  • Elizabeth Courtier
    signed 2018-11-16 10:05:06 -0700
  • Kelly Dunn
    signed 2018-11-16 07:42:23 -0700
  • Melinda Preator
    signed 2018-11-16 07:06:58 -0700
  • Jenny Rose
    signed 2018-11-16 06:55:24 -0700
  • Julie Higginson
    signed 2018-11-15 23:31:37 -0700
    Can we also stop tearing down all the schools? They’re wiping out every bit of history we have! Maintain the buildings. Don’t destroy them!
  • Brittany Heiner
    signed 2018-11-15 22:01:12 -0700
  • Logan Millsap
    signed 2018-11-15 20:04:20 -0700
    The university, the students, the community, and posterity in general will be better served by the preservation of this historic architectural gem than by its destruction. An historic icon like this is irreplaceable, even if the “replacement” is built with a similar style and design. Future generations will thank you for preserving this magnificent building.
  • Brenda Lovell
    signed 2018-11-15 19:51:45 -0700
  • Hanalee Hemmersmeier
    signed 2018-11-15 19:43:20 -0700
  • Charlotte Keneipp
    signed 2018-11-15 18:58:30 -0700
  • Jennifer Reeder
    signed 2018-11-15 17:31:45 -0700
  • Lisa Dietz
    signed 2018-11-15 16:29:10 -0700
  • Linda Strauss
    signed 2018-11-15 15:49:43 -0700
    Will they never learn! Buildings are worth saving because history is worth remembering. What better way to remember our history and those who came before, then to have a place that housed the them.
  • Daniel Jensen
    signed 2018-11-15 15:39:06 -0700
    This building and its history is an anchor to the sense of place, belonging, and heritage, that is South Campus. To remove it is to remove our past and disconnect us from those who came before.
  • Patrica Johnson
    signed 2018-11-15 15:13:39 -0700
  • Brigham Barnes
    signed 2018-11-15 15:02:40 -0700
  • Maxwell Wright
    signed 2018-11-15 14:21:12 -0700
  • Jared Higginson
    signed 2018-11-15 14:13:09 -0700
    I want to buy it still.
  • Bethany Madison
    signed 2018-11-15 13:23:47 -0700
    It’s a beautiful building with beautiful architectural details. Preserve the beauty appreciated by builders of the past, there are plenty examples of modern architecture in town. Historic towns across the world have been able to preserve historical buildings, our towns should be doing our part to preserve history as well. This building is also one of the few buildings named after a woman, women helped shape the cities in Utah, thier memories should be remembered and respected too.
  • Annette Macfarlane
    signed 2018-11-14 16:47:42 -0700
    Annette Macfarlane
  • Katie Lund
    signed 2018-11-13 12:31:19 -0700
  • Allison Adams
    signed 2018-11-13 09:28:26 -0700
  • Kc Childs
    signed 2018-11-13 00:55:05 -0700
    I have always loved this building. I pray we can preserve it and not destroy another Provo Landmark building.
  • Melinda Evans
    signed 2018-11-12 22:54:26 -0700
  • Marta Nielsen
    signed 2018-11-12 19:32:02 -0700
  • Ellen Decoo
    signed 2018-11-12 14:13:09 -0700
  • Nik Abbott
    signed 2018-11-12 10:22:03 -0700