Historic apartment and other multifamily buildings are a key traditional building type in Salt Lake City’s central and older neighborhoods. The special character of significant parts of the city’s historic districts depends upon the individual or combined contribution of these buildings, their scale and their architectural distinction. The city’s historic apartment buildings help to create the individuality, identity and residential amenity and livability of this community, marking the decades which transformed Salt Lake City from an agricultural to a concentrated, industrial, urban city.
Where located within a City designated local historic district, the characteristics of these buildings are protected by additional design review to ensure that changes do not adversely affect their special character. Design review is based on the design standards for a Historic Preservation Overlay in the City Zoning Ordinance, addressing alterations to an existing building, and the design of a new building, and the design standards are clarified and supported by adopted design guidelines. Continue reading