One early 20th-century journalist declared the Kearns Building was “The real Capitol of Utah.” The building housed many influential businesses and trade associations as wel las the office of Thomas Kearns, one of Utah’s most influential men. Kearns worked as a miner in Park City for six years before leasing a rich vein of unclaimed silver ore in 1889. Kearns’s mining holdings made him a multi-millionaire. He also served as a U.S. Senator from Utah and owned an interest in The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Kearns Building is the best example of a Sullivanesque style skyscraper in the Intermountain West. The female faces on the second level are said to resemble Kearns’s daughter, Helen.