J.A. Fritsch Building and the Guthrie Bicycle Company of Salt Lake City
Built in 1890, this historic Salt Lake building served as the home to the Fritsch Investment Company. The building is likely best known, however , as the home of the Guthrie Bicycle Company from 1931 to 2011. Established in 1888 as the Meredith Brothers and later expanded with the investment and management of James William Guthrie, Guthrie Bicycle is the oldest bicycle shop in the country. In its early years, the company produced its own bicycles, including the High Wheelers that were popular for a short time in the late 19th century. In addition to the bicycle shop on the first floor of the building, numerous artists maintained studios on the upper floors of the building in addition to a host of storefronts, offices, and even boarding houses. The building also arrived during a Salt Lake City building boom. In the end, it stands as a reminder of many histories, ranging from immigration and architecture to urban and cultural history.
Backstory and Context
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Guthrie Building: Utah Center for Architecture, http://utahcfa.org/project/j-a-fritsch-block-guthrie-bicycle-co
June 16, 2011: https://noehill.com/ut_salt_lake/nat1976001826.asp
1930s: Via Guthriebike.com (Guthrie Bicycles Website), https://guthriebike.com/about/our-history-over-125-years-pg53.htm