Salt Lake City's Ford Motor Company Building is an excellent example of the work of Albert Kahn, one of America's foremost industrial architects. Completed in 1924, the building housed space for the assembly, maintenance, distribution, and sale of Fords. Gastronomy, Inc., well-known for its successful renovation of historic Salt Lake City buildings, has given this industrial building new life as light-filled office building.
Gastronomy's adaptive use project is of the same outstanding quality as the original design. The new office space makes full use of the building's unique features, such as continuous band windows, skylights, and roof monitors, to create a vibrant working environment.
During the renovation, contractors stripped the building to its core while maintaining important architectural features. For example, fluted concrete columns were sandblasted to showcase their original beauty. The new passenger elevator is housed in the huge old elevator shaft where cars were once transported between floors. Project architects at FFKR also created an additional 16,000 square feet in the building by designing two new mezzanines with glass walkways under the skylights.
By creating distinctive, high-quality office space in a once vacant building, the Ford Motor Company Building project has helped revitalize Salt Lake City's Pioneer Park neighborhood. Today, more than 400 employees of various companies work in the sun lit interior of the building and share their vitality with westside neighborhoods.