Bennion Douglas // 2003 National Register
The Bennion-Douglas district was established due to its association with the early 1900s expansion of Salt Lake City into adjacent farmland. The district is filled with residential cottages and bungalows. Its original demographic appears to have ranged from working class to upper middle class. In addition to homes, the district holds a number of church and institutional buildings. Prominent among these buildings are the Unitarian Church, McGillis School (formerly Douglas Elementary Public School), Sarah Dart Retirement Home, First Baptist Church, and the Judge Memorial Catholic High School.
This district also includes a number of small to medium sized apartment buildings dating from the 1950s to 1960s. Two large high-rise apartment buildings are also present along the district’s northern perimeter. These appear to date from the 1960s and 1970s. Commercial property uses are found along 400 South, 900 South and 700 East. Some of these buildings are historic (such as the Salt Lake City Brewing Company) and others are modern. The greatest amount of change has taken place along the district’s northern edge, where the 400 South commercial and transportation corridor has resulted in teardowns and modern infill.