Facade coming down on historic downtown SLC building

Posted at 4:34 PM, May 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-06 18:34:48-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The restoration of a large downtown Salt Lake City building is uncovering some interesting pieces of the past.

Construction crews have been removing a facade from the old Zimm's building, located at 150 South State Street, uncovering a piece of history that has been hidden for at least 50 years.

Last week, there were no windows visible on the four-story building, but they're slowly coming back to the surface.

"We were taking a gamble. Most of it was covered," said building owner Andy Renfro.

The building was designed as a carriage manufacturer and built back in 1896.

"You can still see the grooves in the floor from where they dragged the carriages from floor to floor," Renfro said.

Like most buildings downtown, it was covered in the 1950s to give aging downtown buildings a fresh look. But today, everything old is new again.

"I think a lot of people are excited. I've had many phone calls and a lot of interest in the building since we've been doing this," Renfro said. "Moving on to the next step trying to restore it to it's original condition."

All four floors are now filled with light and could be filled with offices by the fall.