David Branson Brinton Home
The adobe (center) section of this home was built in 1877 by David Branson Brinton.
The east and west additions were constructed by Brinton of brick and were completed in 1896.
1079 East Center Street
Built in 1934, this residence is a one-and-a-half story, brick Colonial Revival style house. The Superintendent’s Residence is historically significant because it helps document the impact of New Deal programs in Utah. The Superintendent’s House is one of 232 buildings constructed in Utah during the 1930s and early 1940s under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and other New Deal programs. In 1933 Utah had an unemployment rate of 36 percent, the fourth highest in the country. For the period between 1932-40, Utah’s unemployment rate averaged 25 percent. Because the depression hit Utah so hard, federal spending in Utah during the 1930s was ninth among the 48 states, and the percentage of workers on federal works projects was far above the national average. During the 1930s virtually every public building constructed in Utah, including courthouses, city halls, fire stations, and a variety of others, were built under the direction of federal programs.
123 N Street
This house was built in 1890 at a cost of $2,500 and is typical of Victorian houses built in the Avenues in the late 19th century. The first resident was Charles H. Brink, manager of Joslin and Park Jewelers, one of the earliest such businesses in Salt Lake City. Subsequent owners include stockman Howard H. Lawson, 1906-21, and cabinetmaker Peter Moss, 1927-early 1940s.
555 East 100 South
Constructed in 1927, the historic Armista Apartments, now condominiums, is one of many historic urban apartment buildings built in Salt Lake City during the early 1900s. The building is a three-story rectangular-shaped structure with a parapet roof, brick exterior walls, windows that are recessed in vertical spandrel bays, concrete foundation with a basement, symmetrical facade, and modest Colonial Revival styling. It is an example of the double-loaded corridor type of apartment building, which has a main central hallway with living spaces opening off either side.
The Armista Apartments were originally built and owned by Herrick and Company, headed by Nelson L. Herrick. The company was active in development in the Salt Lake City region during the 1920s, this building being one of at least eight apartments that they built between 1925 and 1930. The original cost of constructing the building was approximately $80,000. It was advertised in local papers as:
“splendid three-room apartments, equipped with electric ranges and electric refrigeration. $40.00 to $42.00. One of the most modernly equipped and conveniently located apartments in the city. Make reservations now.”
In 1931, Herrick and Company sold the building to Stanley D. and Valaite Decker, who conditioned to own the building until the mid-1940s. The building was renamed the Waldorf Apartments in 1933 and continued under that name for many decades. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in 2007 the building was converted to the Armista Condominiums by Metaview Development.
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Simon Bamberger House
This house was constructed c.1880 as the residence for the Simon Bamberger family. Born February 27, 1845 of Jewish Parents in the German Village of Eberstadt in Hesse-Darmstadt, Bamberger immigrated to the United States in 1859 at the age of fourteen. He worked in his brother’s clothing store until coming west with the Union Pacific railroad construction crews as a manager of a company store. Arriving in Utah in 1869, he was successful in several business ventures including the Bamberger Railroad which ran between Ogden and Salt Lake City. Simon Bamberger was elected Governor from 1917 until 1921. In 1979 the house was renovated for offices by John B. Anderson.
James & Susan Langton House
This large, two-story house, constructed in 1908, is an unusually well-designed eclectic version of a four-square type house. The well-known Salt Lake City architect Bernard O. Mechlenburg combined elements of the Tudor and Classical styles in its design. Some of these features include a full-width front porch that is decorated with turned baluster and Tudor arched openings, and metal tile shingles on the roof. The original ten-room interior of the house was altered when it was converted into apartments in the 1930s – a common practice for larger residences in urban areas of that area.
James Langton, born in 1853, lived in Dodge City, Kansas, and was involved in the early Indian wars there. In 1889 he moved to Salt Lake City, drawn by the burgeoning mining industry. He eventually entered the lime and cement business, establishing his own company in 1894. This company became one of the leading wholesalers of these products in the state. Langton married Susan Ross, born in Rochester, New York, around 1897. James died in an auto accident in 1913 in Millcreek Canyon. Susan sustained serious injuries but recovered. Until her death, she shared the house with various married daughters at different times. She turned the house into apartments in 1937, two years prior to her death.
Lewis W. and Lydia Brown Lund House
Constructed in 1905 for Lewis and Lydia Lund, this house replaced a small adobe dwelling which the Lunds had been living in since 1894. Mr. Lund was a prominent businessman, banker, livestockman, and one-time mayor of Pleasant Grove. He was well-known for his horse breeding business, which produced some of the best draft horses in the area. This two-story, brick, Victorian Eclectic style house is one of the several houses of this type which were built in Pleasant Grove between 1902 and 1908. The property retains its historic architectural integrity and is a contributing resource within the Pleasant Grove Historic District.
17 South 1200 East
Another of the historic homes located in the University Neighborhood Historic District.
This Victorian Eclectic style house was constructed c. 1893 for Frederick W. Little, a Salt Lake real estate agent. The house was used for a rental throughout much of its early history, with its primary tenants being U of U students. Charles H. Post, a tire salesman, purchased the home in 1918. The home was sold to Waide Condon, a newspaper reporter and editor, in 1935. In 1948, Condon sold the home to notable newspaperman, John W. “Jack” Gallivan. Gallivan lived his professional life working in nearly every department of the Salt Lake Tribune. In 1960, he would become the paper’s publisher, a role he would keep until 1984 when he retired. He and his wife, Grace Mary, had four children: Grace, John W. Jr., Michael, and Timothy. Jack Gallivan helped built the Salt Palace, pave the way for the 2002 Olympics and the Utah Jazz, and put Utah on the tourism map. His name is memorialized on the Gallivan Center. Gallivan entertained many national dignitaries in their home, including Jack, Bobby and Ted Kennedy.
131 South 1200 East
Another of the historic homes located in the University Neighborhood Historic District.
This two-story house was constructed c.1904 for Justus and Matilda Jungk. Mr. Jungk worked as a manager for the Improved Brick Company of Salt Lake City. The company manufactured various types of brick for local construction, and its brick likely was used in this dwelling’s foundation and exterior walls. The architectural features include a hip roof with a centered gable dormer, a large projecting bay on the south facade, and a broad hip-roofed porch with paired columns. The house retains its historical integrity and is a contributing resource to the University Neighborhood Historic District.
This ornate mansion was built in 1904 for Matthew and Angelena Walker. Matthew Walker, an English immigrant, was the youngest of the four brothers whose mercantile, banking, and mining enterprises made them some of Utah’s most influential men. Designed by local architects Walter Ware and Alberto Treganza, the Italian Renaissance Revival three-story 18,700-square-foot home, cost an estimated $275,000 to construct. It was host to frequent social events, including Sunday evening recitals by local and national musicians in the dramatic two-story main hall capped with a magnificent stained glass skylight.
Following the death of Matthew, the house was sold in 1923 to David Keith, Jr., and in 1941 to the Aviation Club of Utah, an organization of military and civil aviators. It was converted to offices with construction of the large office addition and parking structure. Very invasive changes were also made to the highly decorative interior. On the exterior, many historic features were removed or covered. Even with these modifications, the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 as part of the South Temple Historic District.
In 1999 the building was purchased by Philip G. McCarthey who started a complicated, multi-year restoration guided by local preservation architects MJSA Architecture and carefully executed by Lowell Construction. The mansion once again features cream-colored stucco walls with brick quoins and arches; a red clay tile-hipped roof with decorative eaves, ridge caps, and chimney tops; a large veranda at the front, an enclosed conservatory to the west, and a porte cochere entrance at the east, all with second story balconies. Large intricate windows and dormers allow daylight into the restored interiors that required two years of effort to completely upgrade the building structure, install new mechanical systems, and restore the extensive historic finishes and features. The impact of the modern addition was diminished with a recessed balcony and a long strip skylight that now separates the addition from the historic mansion. The historic entry with semi-circular entry stairs was restored and the driveway installed.
Its historic role as a focus and location of social, civic, and commercial exchange has also been significantly restored. The mansion’s physical restoration was celebrated on the new owner’s 50th birthday on July 16, 2002. In addition to Mr. McCarthey’s many businesses including insurance, financial services, and the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company, the home is the site of many charitable events, reinforcing its important role in the great community.
The comprehensive restoration received a preservation award from the Utah Heritage Foundation in 2002. The Walker-McCarthey Mansion new stands as an outstanding example of historic preservation and restoration in the South Temple Historic District.