The historic Ezra Thompson Building at 143 S. Main Street was the last of four high-rises constructed in Salt Lake City between World War I and the Great Depression. Completed in 1924, is the only Art Deco-style high-rise in Salt Lake City and is named for its original developer Ezra Thompson, a three-term mayor of Salt Lake City. The building was originally designer to have each office suite regulate its own heat and be equipped with hot and cold water and compressed air to encourage its use by dentists, physicians and surgeons.
In the late 1930s the building was sold to the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company who proceeded to extensively remodel of the street level façade and interior spaces. The building served as the company’s headquarters until 2005.
After sitting vacant for over five years and being acquired by the partnership of Downtown Developers, Neumont University was looking for a ‘marquee’ home in downtown Salt Lake City that had both residential apartments and learning spaces to provide a single-building multi-use facility. Neumont University’s program includes classrooms, offices, student services, multi-use spaces, and open labs. Key historic features were retained including the original main floor elevator lobby which is the pinnacle of historic interior design in the building.
The former newspaper offices were adapted into residential apartments which are currently utilized by Neumont University for student housing presenting a novel adaptive use for this historic building. The design reflects Neumont University’s technology focus overlaid on the fabric of the building’s architecture and history.