Thursday, August 9, 2012

Digital Scrapbook Pages - Salt Lake City, UT 2012

July 2012 was an adventurous time for my family, in that my father-in-law took 
us on a bit of a Wild West Tour through Utah and Wyoming.  
We saw some wonderful sites and a great time was had by all.

After unpacking, laundry and getting back into the swing of things; I've been in the process 
of sorting and scrapbooking our adventure.  It's taken a bit of work but I finally have 
enough pages put together that I'm ready to start posting the adventure.  
I'll be adding more to this page as I get them done.

Here are some notable sites from Salt Lake City 2012

Temple Square

Digital Scrapbook page using photos taken at Temple Square in 2012 -  by EKDuncan

 It matters not what religion you are; if in Salt Lake City a trip through Temple Square is a must.
The gardens there are really beautiful and it's so clean and pristine 
in appearance you'd think you were in Disney.
(The background pages are photos I took at the garden area around the Assembly Hall)

"Temple Square" is a 10 acre complex located in the center of Salt Lake City, UT and it is
owned and the center of the LDS church. The square houses several buildings
including the assembly hall and most notably the Tabernacle itself.

The Salt Lake Temple was a 40 year building project and had its dedication in 1893.
The temple of Solomon in Jerusalem is believed by some to have been an influence in it's construction. The Temple stands 210 feet at it's highest center pinnacle.

Vintage images from Temple Square can be seen at 
The Utah State digital collection - HERE


Utah State Capital

Digital Scrapbook page of The Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, UT - by EKDuncan
It was workout to walk up to the Capitol from Temple Square.  My hubby (seen pictured above in the red shirt) and I took a side street that had to be at a 45 degree angle uphill for several blocks.  Once we got to the Capital we still had a ton of stairs to climb to get tot he building proper - but it was worth it.  The architecture and then the view from the terraces were worth the workout and a bruised toe I acquired along the way.

The Capitol was designed by local architect Richard K. A. Kletting, who's
 architectural plans included reinforced concrete, elevators and the use of natural light.
It has been home to Utah's state government since its opening in 1916.
(Previously the "City-County" building played that role among others).


The McCune Mansion

Digital Scrapbook page using photos taken of McCune Mansion in 2012 -  by EKDuncan
On our "trek" up the hill to find the Capitol, we stumbled upon this amazing house on a hill.  
I just had to stop and take some photos because it looked so much like a Haunted House you would see in an old movie.  To my surprise I later discovered it was really haunted; which might explain the "odd" sensation I felt while standing outside it.  We would have loved to see the interior; however you have to book tours well in advance. Now I know if I'm ever in the area again to book a tour!

Railroad tycoon Alfred W. McCune built the 21,000 square foot, three story, twenty-five room Mansion as his family home. Construction began in 1898 and was completed in 1901 at a cost of 1,000,000 million dollars. The exterior was built of native Utah sandstone and the roof, covered with tiles made in the Netherlands. The interior was lavish even for the time period; with details shipped in from all over the world such as: Nubian and Irish marble, bird's-eye maple, South American mahogany, 400-year-old English oak, French tapestries, Russian leather and German mirrors. Carved wood, gold leaf hand gilding, the exquisite murals as well as painted ceilings only added to it's splendor.

Vintage photos can be seen HERE
You can read more about the history of the house HERE and HERE
Tours are available through the Utah Heritage Foundation


Orpheum Theater - Promised Valley Playhouse

Digital Scrapbook page using photos taken of the old Orpheum Theater Facade in 2012 -  by EKDuncan
My husband and I were walking several blocks down from the Capital on State Street, when I looked up to see the side of a huge carved face jutting out from the side of the building.  I stopped and stared for a second that started taking photos.  We made our way across the street so I could continue admiring and capturing all the lovely elements on this c1900 building for the next 20 minutes or so.

Luckily my hubby was being entertained by what armed guards performing their duties a few doors down at the Federal Reserve building. - grins

The exterior of this building is grand in every way; but sadly the theater itself was not salvaged.  
It suffered the fate of so may old theaters in that it was not deemed feasible to invest funds into restoring the old gem. The stage and auditorium are just a memory for those who remember her and what can be seen in old black and white photos from her glory days.  

The Theater had many name changes through it's history: The Orpheum 
(since it was part of the Orpheum theater chain when it was first built) 
then -  The Casino Theater, The Wilkes Theater, The Roxey Theater, 
The Salt Lake Theater, and The Lyric Theater.  
It closed as a movie theater in 1971. 
The "Church" bought the theater in 1972, renaming it the Promised Valley Playhouse.
It was closed in 1996 due to structural problems and the theater's interior was demolished in 2003.

Luckily the facade and lobby were preserved and converted for office and retail space;
 rather than it becoming a 400 car parking tower as was originally intended. 

Old photos are under a variety of it's previously known names  
The Orpheum aka Wilkes Theater - HERE
The Orpheum aka Casino Theater - HERE
The Orpheum aka Lyric Theater - HERE


Salt Lake "City-County" Building

Digital Scrapbook page using photos taken at the old Courthouse aka City-County Building in SLC by EKDuncan

 This c1890 building is HUGE but then again it was built to replace the older 1860's buildings
that housed the Salt Lake City Council and the Salt Lake County Courthouse.

Construction took three years and $900,000 to complete.
Their were multiple delays in building that eventually caused the project $620,000
over the original bid price of.  The originally planed for stained glass windows were
discarded to keep the project from incurring any more additional costs.

The style is considered "Richardsonian Romanesque" and was constructed by Free Masons of
gray Utah Kyune sandstone.  It has five floors, over one hundred rooms and onyx lines the hall of each lavishly decorated floor. The building served as Utah's Capitol from 1896 until 1915. It also housed Salt Lake's first public library and contained courtrooms for decades.

Although now used exclusively by Salt Lake City government.
The third floor houses the mayor's office in the south wing
and the city council chambers in the north.

I love how different a building can look just based on the time period in which a photo was taken.
When I tried to take my pictures from across the street there were too many tall trees blocking my shots as well as traffic, lights and electrical wires.
Additional photos of this building can be seen - HERE

Cathedral of the Madeleine

Digital scrapbook page of The Cathedral of the Madeleine using photos taken in Salt Lake City by EKDuncan
This Catholic cathedral in Salt Lake City, combines a predominately Romanesque exterior with a Gothic interior and is interesting mix of styles and design elements. 
It was eye catching even from a distance and to honor my Catholic roots,
I did not resist the long walk to this cathedral on the hill.

I spent a lot of time taking photos of all the great exterior elements and was expecting to see
 an interior similar to one I attended as a child or other cathedrals I visited in Spain;
however I was not expecting what I found upon entering these hallowed doors.
It's as if Gothic-Revival collided with a version of Byzantine-Fiestaware.

At first I was overwhelmed with all the patterns and colors and carvings and ...
Luckily it was the middle of the week and we had the interior to ourselves for a while. I even laid down on the floor so I could get a photo of the painted ceiling; which I used to create the background paper you see behind the photos on my scrapbook page.

The Cathedral of the Madeleine, who's patron saint is Mary Magdalene, was a nine year building project from 1900-1909.  The interior was later "beautified" in 1917 to include murals and a colorful paint scheme. According to the history listed on the church's website the inspiration for the interior was to reflect Spanish Gothic of the Late Middle Ages.  The interior paint style is referenced as "polychrome", which is "The practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors."  This was commonly done on buildings in the ancient world as well as more recently with Victorian and Art Deco Architecture, such as with the "Painted Lady" houses seen throughout California.  It truly makes this Cathedral unique from others I have been in.

Vintage photos of the Cathedral can be seen - HERE


B'nai Israel Temple

Digital Scrapbook Page of the B'nail Israel Temple built in the 1890's and now home to a Design Group

 As American settlers continued to move west they brought their customs and beliefs with them. This building from the early 1890's is one of the few remaining Jewish buildings created by early Utah settlers.  Originally - B'nai Israel Temple, it's now the offices of the Henriksen/Butler Design Group.

I'm always intrigued when religious buildings are converted into alternate environments and was thrilled at the opportunity to see the peaceful and innovative workspace this design group created.

 The Temple itself was designed by the German nephew of the then affluent merchant and businessman Frederick Auerbach.  Philip Meyer came to Salt Lake City at his uncles expense and designed this structure as a scaled down version of Berlin’s Great Synagogue. After completion in 1891 Meyer returned to Germany but sadly both Meyer and the Berlin Synagogue did not survive the ravages of WWII.

The building was sold in 1970 when a larger place of worship was constructed to serve the Jewish community and in 1978 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then it has housed a variety of businesses including restaurants and offices.

Vintage photos of the Temple can be found - HERE
at the Utah State History Digital Collection


Immanuel Baptist Church

Scrapbook page of a vacated church with a new purpose

Another case of an old church that has a new lease in life.  Originally this classical revival church served as the Immanuel Baptist Church throughout most of the 1900's and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. When it was placed on the National Register it was listed as being a sports facility at that time so my guess is the building has been a variety of venues since the 1970's. 

I'm a big fan of "re-purposing" old items and giving them a new life, so I especially like to see how churches and places of worship are given a new lease on life.  In this case this grand old lady is now  Art and Antique Gallery at 401 E.  200 South Salt Lake City.  Sadly my hubby and I did not have time to go inside and wander through all the treasures; however I was captivated by the antique statues and the Victorian hearse that were on display outside - Very eye catching!

More photos of the building can be found in their archives HERE
Utah State History Digital Collection

Vintage Postcard of the church
I even found this vintage postcard of the church online.


First Methodist Episcopal Church

Scrapbook page of the great architecture found on the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City
I loved the fun architectural elements found on this 1905 building of worship.  

This is the oldest (still operational) Methodist church in the state of Utah and stands as an  
excellent example of Protestant church activity and architecture in the area.
Built in 1905 at 203 S. 200 East in Salt Lake City, stands this grand lady of whimsy. Designed by Frederick Albert Hale, a well known UT architect of his day.  He designed a variety of churches that were built in Denver; however this was his only church commission in the state of Utah. 

Vintage photo of First Methodist Episcopal
I liked this vintage photo from the Utah State Historical Digital Collection so much 
that I worked it into my digital scrapbook layout.  
This and other images of the church can be found HERE


I'm still working on more scrapbook pages and will update this post 
with the new ones as  I complete them.

Till then...

 Many of the elements used to create my digital scrapbook pages 
came from just in case you were wondering ;)


  1. BEAUTIFUL pages, looks like an amazing trip! Chritine Smith ||

    1. Thanks Christine - it was a wondrous week out West and I took over 1300 pictures; so I still have a lot of scrapbook pages yet to come.


  2. Magnifique Evelyn!
    Bravo pour ces superbes photographies!

  3. PS: I've posted something with your work yesterday; and I'm going to do the same today!
    Thanks again and again for your sweet heart!

    1. Hi Sim - I'm glad you are enjoying the pictures. I still have several more before I'm finished with Salt Lake City and I'm especially enjoying finding "old" photos of the places we visited.

      Thanks for letting me know you like them,

  4. Hello,

    Very beautiful and interesting scrapbook pages and post. I am very impressed by the McCune Mansion!!! I'd like to visit this house!Is this house is classified historic building? Are the descendants of this family are still owners?

    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Sylvie - Yes, the McCune house is on the National Registry of Historic Places here in the U.S. but the original family does not still own it. The McCunes moved to California in 1920 and donated the residence to the LDS Church who used it to establish the McCune School of Music which it remaied till 1963. The mansion switched ownership several times since then till the current owners - The McCarthy's. you can read more at

      The Mansion was purchased in 1999 by the McCarthy family; who restored the home to it's original splendor and it is now used for corporate functions, wedding and other large events. The building is not normally "open to the public" which is why tours have to be booked in advance through the Utah Heritage Foundation. So plan ahead if you think you will be visiting the Salt Lake City area and want to see it.