Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
-Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi”
This is the first installment of many to come documenting “LOST HOUSES,” defined as those buildings that were once an integral part of the landscape but are now gone.
This photograph was taken on February 10, 1937, by a County tax appraiser. The house was located at 101 North West Temple and was built in approximately 1887. It had not just one round tower, but two.
It was torn down in 1939, and is now the site of a parking lot. You can see how the location looks now: http://goo.gl/CygNA
A note on the source:
This image comes from Salt Lake County’s Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, serial 1-3116. Tax Appraisal Cards were created to document buildings (residential and commercial) for tax purposes. The collection starts in the 1930s, and provides invaluable information about a building including layout, construction materials, number of rooms, heating sources, etc. Photographs were also taken at the time of the appraisal. The collection represents appraisals from the 1930s through the 1970s, with one building often having multiple cards showing its evolution throughout the years, along with photographs.