The federal government will help foot the bill for repairs to a historic Jordan River mansion.

Salt Lake City will receive $150,000 to renovate the 116-year-old Fisher Mansion, said Ben McAdams, a senior adviser to Mayor Ralph Becker.

"It's not, by any means, going to complete the project," McAdams said. "But it is going to help stop the decay."

The mansion, once home to one of the state's first brewers before being purchased by the Catholic Church and transformed into a rehabilitation center, fell into disrepair during years without use. Walls built over walls and old linoleum covering the original flooring had to be torn out, officials said.

The roof of the carriage house is "totally shot," McAdams said.

City leaders, who purchased the property in 2007, will show off some of the renovations made to the home Saturday, during an open house.

The self-guided tours of the mansion, 1206 W. 200 South, run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Designed by German-born architect Richard Kletting, who also designed the Utah State Capitol, the home features detailed ceilings, fireplaces and other "Victorian-era hallmarks."

Officials have now begun a process to determine how best to use the house.

McAdams said city leaders are considering ideas ranging from turning the home into a history museum to using the carriage house as a place to rent canoes and bikes for use along and on the river.

— Aaron Falk