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Bogue Supply Company Building, Salt Lake City

What does Salt Lake City's Bogue Supply Company Building have in common with the Eiffel Tower? Both structures feature intricate skeletal frameworks built with turn-of-the-century construction methods no longer used today. The simple, elegant volume created by the Bogue Building's steel skeleton appealed to the owners of FFKR Architects. Respecting the building's straight-forward design and materials became the guiding principle of their adaptive reuse project.

Whenever possible, FFKR reused elements of the Bogue Building's industrial past to create a dramatic, modern workspace for over 70 employees. The historic masonry was gently cleaned and left exposed. Original wood windows were refurbished. Skylights were reinserted in their historic locations and glass doors were built for the large original door openings. The historic bridge rail crane was removed and rebuilt on the exterior to define the approach to the building.

New elements added during the project were treated as subordinate to the historic design. For example, the extension of the original mezzanine creates additional workspace while preserving the openness of the building. A glass vestibule provides a new entry without competing with the historic building. Exposed mechanical ductwork and simple light fixtures enhance the building's industrial feel.

FFKR has a tradition of not only preserving historic buildings, but of pioneering in underutilized urban neighborhoods. The Bogue Building sits at the 400 South viaduct near the site of Salt Lake City's new intermodal hub. FFKR appreciates both the accessible location and the convenient interior sound-dampening provided by I-15. If the past is any guide, the firm's investment will serve as a catalyst for revitalization in this historic industrial neighborhood.