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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Commercial Street

167-169 Regent Street

 
 
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By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
1. Commercial Street Marker
Inscription.  This site originally housed two buildings used as brothels on Salt Lake City’s busy Commercial Street during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Commercial Street was created in 1871, one of the first streets to be cut through Salt Lake City’s large city blocks. Commercial Street originally contained legitimate businesses but by the 1880’s the “Salt Lake Tribune” referred to the street as “a resort of gamblers and fast women” and, according to the “Deseret News,” the occupants of Commercial Street were “the demi-monde, the male parasite, the dope fiend, the gambler and the begger.”

In 1893 a two-story structure was built by Gustav S. Holmes at 167 Regent Street and in 1899 a similar structure was built by Stephen Hayes at 169 Regent Street. The second floor of each building was a “parlor house,” so named because prostitutes ordinarily received their customers in a common parlor or sitting room. The large center room was surrounded by 10 rooms, or “cribs,” just large enough for a bed, wash stand, dresser, and a chair or two. The architect of the site at 169 Regent
Commercial Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. Commercial Street Marker
Street was Walter E. Ware, one of early Salt Lake’s prominent designers.

Commercial Street, now known as Regent Street, is the center for publishing of Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers. Presses have been running on the street since the early 1900’s.
 
Erected 1990 by Newspaper Agency Corporation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
 
Location. 40° 45.909′ N, 111° 53.376′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on Regent Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 Regent Street, Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Herald Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salt Lake Herald Building (about 400 feet away); First National Bank Building (about 400 feet away); Great Salt Lake City Station (about 400 feet away); The Pony Express (about 400 feet away); The Old Clock (about 800 feet away); Eagle Emporium Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capitol Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Stockade and Salt Lake’s Red Light District. (Submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,798 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on September 5, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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