Saturday, February 5, 2011

empty lot adjacent to capitol theatre

There is a great deal to learn from this exposed side elevation of the Capitol Theatre. I count three distinct building profiles that have been directly adjacent to the Capitol Theatre during the history of the building. There may even be more that I'm missing here, but can you spot all three? Does anyone know the history of this site? There will soon be a fourth profiled building adjacent to the old theatre with plans in the works for Ballet West to occupy the site.

Rendering of proposed new building
The beautiful new design for the Jessie Eccles Quinney Center for Dance is raising money for the project and hoping to start construction in Spring 2012.

Front facade of Capitol Theatre
Taken 23 Oct 2010


  1. The Capitol Theatre is such a beautiful building, I can see all three of the building much history in this building.

  2. Catherine in TucsonMay 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I too like to look at the details and try to figure out what came before. We have an old red brick building here in Tucson, a warehouse built around the early 1900's, and while doing a survey on it noticed the clear markings of a fire. Turns out there had been a lumber yard next door that after years of business had now become a place where homeless people slept, and one night someone had built a small fire to stay warm and the building was gone. Luckily no one was hurt. But there's so much history in the layers. Thanks for the great photo and for such a good eye for these beautiful things!

  3. The big problem I see with the new design is that the giant glazed wall looks onto a hideous parking structure to the west. Conveniently it was left out of the rendering.
    But yes, the forgotten wall of the Capitol Theater is beautiful. Wish I could tell you about it.

  4. There is much to be learned from this wall. Wouldn't it be great if we had pictures like this from all over town. The story that is told about what type of building used to occupy the space is a part of its history. Thanks for the nice pic

  5. We have an older red-colored brick constructing right here in Tucson, a warehouse constructed close to the earlier 1900's, and whilst performing a questionnaire on it observed the obvious markings of the fire.

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  6. This is really cool. I want the space next to that theater to look like that when everything is said and done. My wife and I are looking to build a house. Does anyone know of a Salt Lake City business directory or other directory that we can search for different architects? Like is there some kind of insider place that I can find out about?


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