Isaac Chase Mill
The Isaac Chase Mill is located in Liberty Park and is part of the park's renowned aviary. The mill dates back to its creation between 1848 and 1852. The mill remains the oldest commercial building in the state of Utah and provided free ground wheat for the early pioneers to Utah during the famine of 1857. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Backstory and Context
The Chase Mill gets its name from Isaac Chase, the man farmed on the land on which the mill was built. Chase Mill was designed by Fredrick Kessler, a very prominent mill architect who settled with the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. Construction of the mill started in 1848 and progressed slowly until it was mostly completed in 1852. Used to grind wheat, the Mill's use skyrocketed in 1857 when the mill provided grist for free during a famine.
Today, the Chase Mill boasts an energy efficient and environmentally aware space that serves the community and aviary visitors. It maintains its historic character while providing visitors with a glimpse of Utah's earliest history.