First Security Bank Building, Salt Lake City
The First Security Building was designed by W.A. Sarmiento in the middle of the 20th century it was the first skyscraper built in town in almost 30 years. Wasatch Plaza Holdings II, LLC began this $12,000,000 renovation in 2002 when they purchased the building from Wells Fargo Bank. The inside had been altered so many times that they decided to gut the whole interior back to the original steel frame. The building's main lobby terrazzo floors, rouge marble walls and stainless steel accents were all saved and restored. All the windows were replaced with double pane glass that resembles the originals. The building meets the standards for designation as a National Historic Place and received tax credits facilitated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Banc of America. Currently Ken Garff, Eagle Gate College and law firms occupy the building making it a prime location to have an office in a recent past building. It is a stunning, important building in down town Salt Lake City.