10 Utah buildings we miss

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No, this isn't the old basketball stadium. This is the original Salt Palace. Salt Palace II was an arena for sport events and concerts. The convention center is Salt Palace III. The original, sprayed with salt crystals to reflect the sun, was located at 900 South between State St. and Main and burned down in 1910. It had a theater and dances were held there.
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my slc
Newport Beach, CA

Notably missing:

The Coalville Tabernacle.

Ogden, UT

Thanks for posting this! I'm not from Utah but have many friends who have told me about several of these buildings. This is the first time I've seen pictures of most of them so it was very interesting.

Taylorsville, UT

I still miss the Centre Theatre.

chase SL
Salt Lake City, UT

This was a great piece! I was shocked when I read about all those historic buildings we had. I wish many of them were still here. Old and new buildings are the best looking buildings, the blasted 50's-70's buildings are UGLY, and we have two many of those! that was awesome reading about the Great Salt lake Dock

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I also miss the Regency theatre a great deal (replaced by some Insurance building of some sort) and the Villa Theatre a great deal though it's still standing as some Oriental Rug store or something.

Sometimes it's not the building per se but what happened there and the memories it created that is important.

Woods Cross, UT

I also miss the Coalville Tabernacle. It was nearly a twin to the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The leadership of the Coalville Stake wanted it torn down and a completely new brick building built to replace it. The LDS Church backed the decision of the local leaders in spite of a huge public outcry from Summit County residents and the descendants of the pioneer builders. I am so happy that Utahans and the LDS Church do more to preserve the architecture and monuments of the past.

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Michael De Groote

I thought about including the Coalville Tabernacle, but it was too similar to the Provo Tabernacle to be on the same list. Another building I liked was the old Dooly Building downtown south of where the Salt Palace convention center is today and where the Shilo Inn now stands. I liked its huge arch features.

We'll do another story like this again sometime, so let me know if you have any other suggestions. Thank you.

Salt Lake City, UT

Well done article and while I can't say I am familiar with every one of these buildings I can't argue with any of them judging by the pictures.

I would also include the Coalville Tabernacle and I can also agree with the Dooly building as I do remember it although only slightly.

I would, however, also nominate one other building for your next list: Hotel Newhouse.

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Salt Lake City, UT

Does anyone know of any books where you can find photographs of many of these old buildings? Great piece, thank you.

Ronald Fox
North Salt Lake, UT

JP3 there are many great photos held on the web of the Utah State Historical Society. Also there is a book called "Historic photos of Salt Lake City" by Jeff Burbank, which was published in 2008. I picked up my copy at Costco, but know I saw one at the book store at Gateway.

North Salt Lake, UT

What about St. Mary's of the Wasatch ??? That was a beautiful building on the east bench, a landmark seen from far away. So sad when they tore that down and put in houses.

Kearns, UT

Calling them "missed" buildings is an understatement. It's too bad that our history was considered so insignificant that it allowed the destruction of buildings designed and built to last for centuries. Unlike building designed and built to last 20 years, maybe.

It's called the price of progress, but sometimes progress is too expensive as they terrorize and destroy the archeological wonders of the United States.

Michael De Groote

The Hotel Newhouse is another fine old building. You can still see its old grand staircase out at the new Saltair.

St. Mary's is another great lost building -- I think I have seen some photos. I also like the tower that used to be up in the avenues. And there was this fine resort up emigration canyon, Pinecrest I think, that is gone.

But there are still some great buildings left in Salt Lake. The First Security building was saved by public sentiment and its owner's generosity, for example. And it is fun to see old buildings recreated up at This is the Place Heritage Park. I was just there on Saturday. It is open during the winter -- but very uncrowded.

Manti Resident
Manti, UT

Do you miss any buildings that aren't in Salt Lake City? Rural Utah has lost its share of treasures: the tabernacle in Coalville and the old theater in Manti (billed as the state's finest at the time it burned) are two that come to mind. There are many others.


I'd like to add the Granite stake tabernacle on 21st south and State ( a movie theater and before that a Prudential Federal Savings). as well as the Hogle mansion on south Temple and the numerous mansions on North Main, North State and Vine Street, including a house built by boxer Jack Dempsey. I have my fingers crossed but with little real hope for the Fisher Mansion.

Idaho Falls, ID

It's great to see these old photos. Thank you!

Sego Lilly
Salt Lake City, UT

I love the picture of the old Salt Lake Temple annex. It was beautiful. Since moving to Utah I have fallen in love with the architecture of the buildings here.

Bandon, OR

Worthy of consideration is the original East High School building. It was more
recently demolished due to earthquake concerns and replaced with a new building at the same location.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you for the walk down memory lane. I especially remember the Centre Theatre. It was the theatre that my parents took us to as kids for some really great movies, including the original Star Wars trilogy. It was there where we first learned that Darth Vader was Luke's father and our favorite hero Han Solo was frozen in carbonite. It was a really nice theatre and I was very sad to see it go.

Michael De Groote

Thank you for your great suggestions of other missed buildings.
Another group might be the university buildings torn down around where the Church Office Building now stands.

Salt Lake City, UT

How about the park city coalition building. It burned down sometime in the 70's or 80's

Salt Lake City, UT

How old are you some of those buildings have been gone for 100 years?

Clearfield, UT

All except for the Center Theater were gone by the time I could remember any of these buildings. Sadly I don't have any emotional connection with them. For me this is ancient history which I can't appreciate.

Jeff Harris
Edmonds, WA

I miss the Centre Theatre. I remember going with friends to see Ben Hur, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bananas and What's Up Tiger Lilly there.

That said, with its asymmetry and the curved and streamlined shapes of its details, the Centre was not Art Deco as reported in the article. It was Art Moderne.

Art Deco (1920-1929) predated Art Modern by a decade and featured angular geometric forms and luxurious natural materials as exemplified by the Chrysler Building. Art Moderne (1930-1950) was a product of the depression as exemplified by the Empire State Building; it featured none of the luxury materials displayed in Art Deco. The spires on top the Empire State Building and the Centre Theatre had a lot of similarities.

Sugar City, ID

I don't know when it was built but Annex at the University of Utah has been there for a very long time. I think the U of U got it from the government after WWII. My father's office was there back in the '50s. And the U of U credit union was also there. It was supposed to be a temporary building but there is nothing as permanent as a temporary building! It's been there for at least four generations of Utes. Please don't ever tear it down--too many memories.

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