“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

First National Bank Building

First National Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
1. First National Bank Building Marker
1872-1873, Thomas J. Johnson
Cast iron facade by Richard M. Upjohn

The First National Bank Building features the oldest known cast iron facade
in the Intermountain West. It was designed by Richard M. Upjohn, one of America’s most distinguished 19th-century architects. The building originally had a fourth story which was destroyed by fire in 1875. First National Bank was spectacularly profitable when it constructed this building in 1873. By the end of 1874, the bank had been liquidated. The depression of 1873 and liberal lending practices were the main causes of the bank’s demise. Its expensive new building, however, contributed to its financial woes. Originally estimated to cost $80,000, the building ended up costing $140,000.
Erected by Utah Heritage Foundation. (Marker Number 20.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Utah, Salt Lake City Downtown Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 40° 45.935′ N, 111° 53.451′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on South Main Street north of E 200 S, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 South Main Street, Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Salt Lake City Station (here, next to this marker); Salt Lake Herald Building (a few steps from this marker); Herald Building (a few steps from this marker); The Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capitol Theatre (about 500 feet away); The Old Clock (about 500 feet away); Eagle Emporium Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
More about this marker. This building is Tour Stop 20 on the Utah Heritage Foundation Downtown Walking Tour.
Categories. Industry & Commerce
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 30 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area picture of the marker and its surroundings. • Picture of the building. • Can you help?
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