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2018-06-16 15.29.45

Felt Building

1909-1910, Richard K.A. Kletting

Utah businessmen Orange J. Salisbury shared Samuel Newhouse’s goal of shifting the center of Salt Lake City’s business district to the south.  He financed the construction of several commercial buildings in Salt Lake City, including the Felt Building.  Designed by Richard Kletting, the Felt Building is an early example of Sullivanesque architecture in Utah.  It also features the first terra-cotta facade in the state.  What the Felt Building lacks in color, it makes up for in exuberant detail.  Note the relief portraits of classical Greek figures in the round arches, dentilled cornice, foliated frieze, and decorative capitals atop the pilasters between the bays.

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