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McCune Mansion, Salt Lake City



Alfred and Elizabeth McCune reportedly directed their architect to design a simple, comfortable bungalow for them. Apparently "simple" is open to interpretation when you're a railroad baron and mining magnate. The exquisite McCune Mansion has been a Salt Lake City landmark since its completion in 1901. Over the years, the building functioned in a variety of capacities. After its sale in 1995, however, the mansion languished unused. Many worried it had become a white elephant.

Fortunately, the McCarthey family purchased the McCune Mansion in 1999 and undertook a significant restoration. The project required exacting attention to historic materials and the careful integration of new systems to support the building's use as a modem reception center. Extensive work was done on the mansion site to restore deteriorating historic elements and provide better access to the mansion. Exterior work included repairing and recreating elements of the decorative roof damaged in the 1999 tornado.

On the interior, beautiful historic finishes were carefully cleaned and repaired. National experts on the conservation of these fragile materials were consulted for advice. Even spectacular historic plumbing fixtures were restored.

To improve the functionality of the building, a new elevator, restrooms, and office space were sensitively incorporated into the less significant areas of the building. All new hallway extensions and elevator lobbies were designed to blend with the adjacent historic spaces. The grilles for a new air conditioning system in the lavish ballroom were carefully hidden in the decorative ceiling.

Thanks to the vision and commitment of the McCarthey family and the efforts of dedicated architects, contractors, and craftsmen, the McCune Mansion is once again a beautiful and thriving part of the community.