Seeing Salt Lake City
by Alan Barnett

O.P. Skaggs Co.
[p.151]O.P. Skaggs Company at 351 South State Street, February 2, 1933. This company, not to be confused with the larger detail empire of L. S. Skaggs, operated nine stores in the Salt Lake Valley when this photograph was taken. The site of this store is now a parking lot. (Neg. 28373.)

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Tower Theater
[p.152]The Tower Theater, April 29, 1933. Unlike many of the older theaters in town, the Tower was originally built to screen motion pictures or “talkies.” The design of the faςade recalls the Tower of London. A 1949 remodeling covered the faςade, but the theater, now a venue for art films and independent movies, lives on. (Neg. 28391.)

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Interurban Railroad Station
[p.153]Interurban Railroad Station on South Temple, June 17, 1933. This building served as the terminal for the Bamberger Line that ran north to Ogden and the Orem Line that ran south to Payson. Greyhound Bus Lines purchased the building in 1947 for use as a bus terminal. Eventually, the building was razed to provide parking space for the new Salt Palace Arena; the site is now occupied by Abravanel Hall. (Neg. 28400.)

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First National Bank Bldg
[p.154]First National Bank Building on 100 South and Main streets, August 19, 1933. This early Salt Lake “skyscraper” was built for the Deseret National Bank in 1918 and replaced an earlier three-story building on the same site. Today the structure is known as the Deseret Building and is still occupied by a bank. (Neg. 28475.)

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Sears, Roebuck and Company
[p.155]Sears, Roebuck and Company, October 6, 1933. This view shows the building on the southwest corner of Main Street and 300 South as Sears prepared to move into the store from its location on 300 South and State Street. The Walker Brothers originally built the lower three floors of this building to house their dry goods store in 1890. They added the two upper floors and a roof garden in 1924, but went out of business by 1931. (Neg. 28515.)

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downtown Salt Lake City
[p.156]Downtown Salt Lake City from the City and County Building, October 10, 1933. Auerbach’s Department Store commissioned this photograph and is featured prominently in the center of the image. (Neg. 28522.)

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Elbert Thomas
[p.157]Senator Elbert Thomas and his automobile, November 7, 1933. Thomas served as a U.S. senator from Utah from 1933 to 1951. Shipler took this photograph of him in front of his residence at 137 North West Temple for the Ford Motor Company. The Thomas residence still stands as a historic survivor surrounded by apartment buildings and parking lots. (Neg. 28544.)

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North Temple viaduct
[p.158]The North Temple viaduct under construction, November 16, 1933. The Salt Lake Hardware Company Warehouse, visible in the distance, was at the heart of one of the largest wholesale hardware operations in the West. After the company closed, the warehouse sat mostly empty for a number of years. In the early 1990s, a local developer transformed the building into office space. (Neg. 28551.)

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Sugarhouse Market
[p.159]Sugarhouse Market, January 22, 1934. This modern complex, trimmed in neon lights, stood on the southeast corner of 2100 South and 1100 East. This corner was originally the site of Sugarhouse’s namesake sugar factory. Today it is the location of a retail shopping complex. (Neg. 28637.)

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Main Street
[p.160]View of Main Street looking north to 200 South, January 25, 1936. Shipler took this photograph for the Utah Light and Traction Company to record the site of an accident. Note the smog that blanketed the city at times, the result of the widespread burning of coal. (Neg. 29269.)