Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Malcolm A Keyser House 381 East 11th Avenue, Salt Lake City
Did you know that Utah has one of the highest concentrations of Prairie Style buildings outside of the Midwest? Early Utah architects embraced the new designs and executed buildings all over the state. The website, Prairie School Traveler, has compiled an impressive 84 buildings in Utah built in this style. Out of the 39 states and 6 countries listed, Utah places 6th in quantity of prairie-style buildings behind Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and California. Salt Lake City alone has 47 buildings listed, placing it 7th in the country behind Chicago, Oak Park, Minneapolis/St Paul, San Jose, Milwaukee, and Jacksonville. Not that these numbers really matter, but they help illustrate that there are a great number of these beautiful buildings all within a short drive for us to experience and enjoy.
Has there ever been a Prairie-Style Parade of Buildings for SLC? If not, we definitely should do one.
Caithness Apartments (now Caithness Condominiums) 86 B Street, Salt Lake City
Gustave L Becker House 2408 Van Buren Avenue, Ogden
See here for a 1918 photo of house
I am in process of locating each of these 84 buildings and identifying them on the sidebar map. For easy identification, they are shown with green markers.
# on National Register of Historic Places - 6
# Demolished - 9
Known Prairie-style Architects with buildings in Utah:
-Shreve & Madsen
-Pope & Burton
-Ware & Treganza
-Fred W. Hodgson
-Cannon & Fetzer
-Scott & Welch
-Monson & Price
*Photographs above from The Prairie School Traveler, courtesy of Butch Kmet.