The Hotel Albert is significant because as one of a number of hotels built in
SLC’s business district about 1910, it reflects the impact of the railroad on the city. It is also significant because of its architectural integrity.
This four-story brick hotel and store was built for Albert Fisher in 1909 at an estimated cost of $100,000. The hotel operated as the Albert Hotel until 1912 when it became the Hotel Shelton. It remained the Shelton through the mid-1920’s; by the mid-1930’s it was the Whitehouse Hotel and accommodated Ruths beauty parlor as well. By the mid-1940’s the Reid Hotel and the Capri Italian Restaurant occupied the building.
Fisher was born in Germany in 1852. Then emigrated to Utah in the early 1870’s according to his brief obituary. Nevertheless he does not appear in a Salt Lake directory until 1883 as a foreman for the Salt Lake Brewing Company. In 1884 he established his own brewery. He later established himself in real estate and other local businesses. He died in 1917. The brewery was sold to Lucky Lager Brewing Co., now General Brewing Co., in 1957. He married Alma Youngberg January 29, 1882. She was born at Malmo, Sweden, May 17, 1861 to Andrew S. and Olivia Youngberg. She was
in active businesswoman, owner of Alma Fisher Property and “well-known in club circles.” She died in 1940.
This photo below shows the location where the hotel previously stood:
Architecturally, the Hotel Albert is a three-story brick structure with a
stone facade and metal cornice. Its style is most closely related to the Second Renaissance Revival period. The deep relief of the masonry joints, shaping of the stonework in voussoirs and interlocking pieces, the proportions of the window bays (which decrease in size as they appear higher in the facade), and classical capital and cornice details reflect Renaissance influences. The Hotel Albert has been restored in a tasteful manner, including a contemporary but skillful treatment of the fenestration in the south wall. The building’s metal cornices, hanging canopy and carved stonework are particularly interesting.