In this 1909 photo, the old Deseret Store is about to be demolished to make room for the Hotel Utah. The curio/souvenir shop has announced its move with a sign. The Deseret Gymnasium is under construction to the right, and the Presiding Bishopric Building, in the rear, has been finished.
Workers building the Hotel Utah pose, 1910
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (the old Hotel Utah) has stood on the corner for almost 100 years.
South Temple, 1903. Notice the wooden gates on the Temple Square wall. The little building beside the gates was the Bureau of Information, built by the LDS church as a place to dispense information about the church.
South Temple Street and the iron gates to Temple Square today
Near 400 West and South Temple, looking east, 1902. The Bamberger Coal Company is on the left.
400 West and South Temple today.
The northwest corner of South Temple and 1st West (now 200 West), probably early 1900s. This house, built in the 1860s, belonged to George Q. Cannon. After Brigham Young built the ornate Victorian Italianate Gardo House, Cannon remodeled his house drastically to resemble the Gardo House.
The corner of South Temple and 200 West is now a parking lot.
The southeast corner of South Temple and 1st West (now 200 West) c. 1910. A cement or asphalt mixer stands in the street. In the background are the Salt Lake Temple, Assembly Hall, and Hotel Utah. The Golden Rule Store was one of J.C. Penney's early stores; in fact, Penney lived in Salt Lake's Avenues for a time.
South Temple Street and 200 West today
The Cathedral of the Madeleine and the First Presbyterian Church under construction c. 1905. South Temple was a two-level street then, with streetcar tracks running between the two levels.
The city lowered the upper level of the street to make it all one level.
Crowds fill the street as they walk to the Salt Lake Tabernacle to hear William Howard Taft speak in 1909. The Newhouse residence has white columns; to the left is the Rice residence. The Covey Apartments are being built in the background. These apartments still exist, but the grand houses in this photo have been demolished.
The Brigham Apartments now stand where the old mansions once were.
This photo shows the beauty of South Temple Street, with the imposing Newhouse residence, in 1907.
The same spot today has changed dramatically.
Crews at work on streetcar tracks c. 1920. Notice how the tracks were originally laid on a cobblestone street. The Hotel Utah is at right. The Deseret News Building, later the Union Pacific Building and site of Walgreen's, has the rounded corners. The smokestack is part of the heating plant for Temple Square.
Today, the Union Pacific Building and the streetcar tracks are gone, and the Brigham Young Monument no longer stands in the middle of the intersection.
This view from the Hotel Utah shows the Cathedral of the Madeleine in the distance. At right is the Gardo House. Across the street on the corner is the Alta Club; next to it is the former public library.
The same view from the old Hotel Utah (now the Joseph Smith Memorial Building) today.
A mail wagon in 1914. The Gardo House is in the background.
The Eagle Gate Plaza now stands where the Gardo House was.
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