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This two story brick structure functioned as a home and business from its building in 1890. It exhibits characteristics of late nineteenth century Western commercial architecture in its use of materials, plan and construction, and decorative elements. The main facade piercing is asymmetrical below a highly decorative metal cornice arrangement. Segmentally arched openings are located at the second story level, where a double unit arrangement opens onto a small balcony. Flat arched windows with stone lintels mark the first floor level of the main facade. Stained glass panels are incorporated into these windows. Entrances and secondary window configurations are located on side elevation.

This structure is significant as one of only two single family residences remaining in the downtown area. It documents not only the probable presence at an earlier time of other single family residential architecture in the area, but also the combination of homey residence and business in one structure in the business district.

Christopher Cramer built the home in 1890. It served as not only his residence, but also housed his floral shop. Cramer was born in Denmark, December 1, 1851. He came to Salt Lake in the 1860’s and became a florist. In 1897 Cramer sold the house to ?? Crandal and moved his business to another location in the city, the corner of 15 South and 3rd East. Crandal sold to Mary K. Jost that same year. In 1905, Jost sold to John E. Johnson. Johnson operated Scandra Grocery Store near by at 156 E. ? South. Johnson was a partner of August H. and Alma Erickson.

Johnson sold this home to Erickson in 1932. Erickson lived here until 1944. . Zions Savings Bank Co. owned the. home after Ericksons. Zions sold the home to Geory and Britta C. Nilsson in 1958.

The Christopher Cramer House is located at 241 S Floral Ave in Salt Lake City, Utah


This house was built in 1890 to serve as both the home and florist shop of Christopher Cramer. The establishment of Cramer’s business at this location may have helped influence the renaming of the street to Floral Street c.1891. Cramer, an emigrant from Denmark in the 1860s, remained in the house until 1897. Other owners of the house include Mary K. Jost (1897-1905), John E. Johnson (1905-1931) and August H. Erickson (1932-44). Johnson and Erickson were business partners, operating a nearby grocery store for many years. For the past 36 years the house has been owned by George A. And Britta Nilsson. Except for a short time in the 1940s when the house served as a radio repair shop and a piano warehouse, it has always been used as a residence. It is one of the very few remaining residences in the downtown area.