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Alta Club, Salt Lake City

If you've been downtown lately, you've probably noticed a familiar stone face on South Temple with a new shine. The removal of over a century's worth of grime from the Alta Club's granite exterior was the final phase of the first comprehensive renovation undertaken since the building's completion in 1898.

Much of the important work at the Alta Club happened beneath the building's skin. A major challenge of the project was updating the mechanical and electrical systems, enhancing fire and seismic safety, and improving ADA accessibility with minimal impact to the building's historic fabric.

The quiet, dignified character of the Alta Club was enhanced with new historically-appropriate paint, wall coverings, furnishings, and carpet on the first floor. On the second floor, the Eagle Gate Room was upgraded to provide full corporate boardroom amenities.

The most dramatic aspect of the project, however, was the renovation of the third floor sleeping rooms that had not been used since a fire in the 1950s. The Alta Club's third floor now boasts 20 elegant club hotel rooms. New quarter-sawn white oak was installed in the common areas to match the original woodwork. The main skylight in the third floor lobby and other skylights covered for decades were re-opened to provide natural light to the corridors.

To insure the historic and architectural value of the Alta Club will be maintained long after the present renovation, club members established a non-profit group to hold a preservation easement on the building.