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Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Building

The Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company finished the first two stories of this building in 1939.  The additional four stories were added in 1947 as the demand for telephones boomed after World War II.  This building is one of the relatively rare examples of Art Deco style architecture in Utah.  Look for shallow pilasters dividing the facade into narrow bays and a wide band of low-relief ornament just above the first story.  Also note the plaque commemorating the Salt Lake Theatre on the southeast corner of the building.  Built on this site in 1862, the elegant 1,500-seat theater provided a venue for the city’s flourishing amateur theater groups.

 

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