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Sean Reynolds

Salt Lake City's Bennion neighborhood PART I.

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I know I was going to do Gilmer Park, but I uploaded the wrong photos so I'm just gonna do this.

The Bennion neighborhood is located in Salt Lake City's Central City neighborhood.

The Bennion neighborhood is located between 400 South and 900 South from 700 East to 100 East. The neighborhood was laid out in the historic 10-acre block pattern. Several interior courts developed between 1900 and 1930. This neighborhood was part of the Tenth Ward, the "Ward of Industry", so named because it was the first to have a co-op and also have several light industries. The Tenth Ward meeting house, located at 400 South and 800 East, built in 1873 and recently restored, is the oldest LDS ward house still in continuous use. The Salt Lake Brewing Company at 500 South and 1000 East, established in 1871, affected the development of this area. Remnant sings of the brewery, such as Fletcher Court, which housed brewery workers, is located directly west of the bottling works.

As an industrial area, this neighborhood developed as a working class neighborhood from 1870 to 1900. The Great Depression decreased pressure from industrial developers to invade residential neighborhoods and instead many single-family homes were converted into multi-unit rental properties. During World War II, workers migrated to Salt Lake City to take advantage of the multitude of war related jobs. The influx of laborers caused a housing shortage that resulted in even more single-family homes being divided into apartments. This further threatened the stability of the already fragile neighborhood. The neighborhood continued to deteriorate and beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, blighted houses were replaced with new apartment buildings and commercial structures that were not compatible in scale and style with existing buildings.

The neighborhood includes a mixture of many architectural styles including bungalow, central block with projecting bays, shotgun, Italianate, Second Empire, Victorian and Queen Anne. Period Cottages, apartments and post WWII era cottages are also present. The majority of the buildings in the neighborhood are residential, mostly single-family detached dwellings. 42% of the residential structures in this neighborhood were built during the post World War II era.

Well now on to the tour!

An abandoned home.

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Two apartment complexes.

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More apartments.

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Some homes.

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Brick duplex.

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Crappy shot of homes.

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Odd style row-house.

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The old 10th Ward, talked about above.

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Row-house.

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Shopping cart with a bungalow.

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Lookin' down a side street.

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Home with kids playin' in the front yard.

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Crappy home.

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Some shot-gun style houses.

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Another row-house.

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Crappy duplex.

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Narrow street with two shot-gun style houses.

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A duplex.

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Part II will be coming soon.

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Great pics! This is only the second time I've ever seen a one story rowhouse....the other being in a Denver photo. Are they common in SLC?

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Allan, in the central city they're pretty common. Of course you don't get the style that laces eastern cities. So they'll just pop up throughout neighborhoods without any set district.

Mostly though Salt Lake City is filled with duplex type housing. In fact, there are more duplexes than rowhouses.

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Oh, ok. Duplexes or rowhouses aren't common around here at all. There are some in Detroit, but most of the city is full of single family homes, with a few small apartment buildings & rowhouses mixed in near downtown.

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