Walker Bank Building
Night view of the Walker Center, May 2009
175 South Main Street|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Architect||Eames and Young; Stewart, James & Co.|
|NRHP reference #||06000929|
|Added to NRHP||October 04, 2006|
The building was opened on December 9, 1912, taking a little over a year to be built. At the time of its completion, it stood as the tallest building between Chicago and San Francisco (16 stories, 67 m). It was originally constructed as the headquarters for Walker Bank, founded by the Walker brothers: Samuel, Joseph, David, and Matthew. The basement originally contained the vault for the bank, as well as a barbershop, florist, cigar store, and other shops. The main floor contained the bank, and upper floors were used as office space. It was designed by the St. Louis, Missouri-based architecture firm Eames and Young. It remained the headquarters of Walker Bank until it merged with First Interstate Bancorp in 1981 (it is now part of Wells Fargo).
The Walker Center is topped by a 64-foot weather tower, which gives a weather forecast based on the color of the lights. The weather tower was taken down in the 1980s due to a city ordinance but replaced in 2008. The meaning of the tower colors are:
- Blue: clear skies
- Flashing blue: cloudy skies
- Red: rain
- Flashing red: snow
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Merchants and miners in Utah : the Walker brothers and their bank / Jonathan Bliss.[Salt Lake City, Utah] : Western Epics, c1983.
- "Historic weather tower lights up skyline". KSL. March 21, 2009.
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