Utah Commercial and Savings Bank Building (A.K.A. Village Brownstone Building)
This three-story structure appears modest next to many of its neighboring downtown buildings, but this Salt Lake brownstone reflects the vision of two of the city's most influential early residents, Francis Armstrong and Richard K.A. Kletting. Armstrong came to Utah as a mill laborer and rose to become one of the city's most influential businessmen and the mayor. Armstrong also founded the bank for which the building served ad commissioned Kletting as the architect to design this downtown office building. Kletting also designed the Utah State Capitol, the original Saltair Pavilion in Utah and the original Salt Palace -- to name only a few.
Backstory and Context
Roberts, Allen D. "Nomination Form: Utah Commercial and Savings Bank Building." National Register of Historic Places. June 18, 1975. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/c4fc6cb6-47af-4be5-970f-0a996cb24443
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"Salt Palace Now in Ashes." Desert News(Salt Lake City), August 29, 1910, Evening ed. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BIJSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=x0cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6382%2C3710354
Tullidge, Edward William. History of Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City: Star Printing Co., 1886.
Whiteside, Henry O. "Nomination Form: Francis Armstrong House." National Register of Historic Places. May 23, 1980. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/ae56f07c-ff0a-4db0-9d05-c6f4f8c7f176
1968 Photo: Library of Congress, Historic American Building Survey, P. Kent Fairbanks, Photographer: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ut0059.photos.157813p/
Modern Picture: Utah Center of Architecture - http://utahcfa.org/project/utah-commercial-savings-bank-building
Village Brownstone Building: Trisha Singh, via Facebook & Instagram, https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18557131_10212969497493337_7663442361505963740_n.jpg?o...