Carl T. Bell Vision
In 1993, plans to demolish the then 90 year old Harrington School were certain until the late Dr. Carl Bell stepped forward to buy it. Bell saw the school's potential.
“We’re proud of what we’ve done. We’ve saved this building and it deserves to be saved. It’s a piece of history that really couldn’t be replaced,” Bell said.
Bell formed a non-profit foundation for the school and on March 4, 1993, the Harrington School was listed on the National Historic Registry.
“There are dreams for this building, not just to preserve it for a storehouse of memories, but as a place for new dreams. I feel strongly that it can be a cultural center for all of northern Utah Valley, if not just American Fork,” Bell said.
Carl loved the arts. He was active on the American Fork Arts Council. Along with appreciating good plays or works of literature, he also acted and was a gifted writer. Children and grandchildren’s favorite bedtime stories were ones he wrote, including a published collection titled “With a Kiss and a Hug.” He enjoyed playing the guitar and piano. He felt inspired many times with melodies and thoughts for writing that entered his mind—he was quick to give credit to Heavenly inspiration. His play, “A Will and a Way” was produced at B.Y.U. In 2013, a lifelong dream was completed, as “Deseret” a musical that he wrote and composed was produced at the Covey Center. In 2014, his song “I Will be Faithful” won in the Primary category of the LDS Church’s music competition and is an approved Primary Children's song.
He will be remembered as hard-working, compassionate, wise, strong, having a zest for life, creating lasting family memories and traditions, and above all a man who loved his Heavenly Father and whose ultimate desire was to do His will.