Walker Center (formerly Walker Bank Building) is a skyscraper in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It was opened on December 9, 1912; taking a little over a year to be built. At the time of its completion, it stood as the tallest building between Chicago and San Francisco (16 stories). It was originally constructed as the headquarters for Walker Bank, founded by the Walker brothers: Samuel, Joseph, David, and Matthew. The basement originally contained the vault for the bank, as well as a barbershop, florist, cigar store, and other shops. The main floor contained the bank, and upper floors were used as office space. It was designed by the St. Louis, Missouri-based architecture firm Eames and Young.
The Walker Center is topped by a 64-foot weather tower, which gives a weather forecast based on the color of the lights. The weather tower was taken down in the 1980s due to a city ordinance but replaced in 2008. The meaning of the tower colors are:
blue: clear skies
flashing blue: cloudy skies
flashing red: snow
Chief Andrew H. Burt Memorial –
On the side of the building is a memorial:
This memorial for Chief Andrew H. Burt, stands at the place where he was killed in the line of duty, at 200 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This memorial is attached to the outside of the Walker Center building in downtown Salt Lake City. The marker reads:
Salt Lake City Police Department
Honoring Our Fallen
Chief Andrew H. Burt
Killed in the Line of Duty
August 25, 1883
Chief Andrew H. Burt was murdered by a deranged man in downtown Salt Lake City. Accompanied by the city water master, the 54-year-old victim was searching for a suspect who had earlier threatened the life of a local merchant.
When they found the suspect here, at 200 S. Main, he shot Chief Burt with a .45-70 caliber rifle. The city water master was also wounded but managed to disarm the suspect, who was immediately captured. Chief Burt was married and the father of a large number of children. He is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Learn more about Chief Burt and all of Salt Lake City Police Department’s fallen officers at www.slcpd.com.
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