The architect of Utah's Capitol and other historic buildings in Salt Lake City will be the namesake of a new city park, Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis announced.
The B Street Park between 3rd and 4th avenues will be called the Richard K.A. Kletting Park in honor of the "Dean of Utah Architects," DePaulis said in announcing the latest selection in his Name-the-Park Contest.Kletting was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, in 1858 and arrived in Salt Lake City in 1883. He designed the Capitol, the original Saltair pavilion, the original Salt Palace and other prominent Salt Lake-area structures.
He also served on the City Planning and Zoning Commission and is credited with developing a system for naming and numbering streets as well as promoting park landscaping in the city, DePaulis said.
"The naming of the B Street Park after Richard Kletting is a fitting honor for a man whose work has helped shape the physical character of our city," DePaulis said.
Kletting was well known for his contributions to the neighborhood he lived in, which includes the B Street Park, DePaulis said. He designed and lived in an Avenues home in northeast Salt Lake City until he was struck and killed by a car in 1943.
An Avenues resident nominated Kletting in the mayor's ongoing Name-the-Park Contest, which next will focus on the municipal ball field on the southeast corner of Seventh East and Thirteenth South. Deadline for nominations received by the mayor's office is Nov. 21.