Fort Douglas: Bath House & other improvements – Salt Lake City UT

Description

Fort Douglas was expanded during the New Deal by the PWA, CCC and WPA.  The WPA added several homes for senior officers (buildings 621-625 on the central parade grounds, along De Trobriand Street) and non-commissioned officers (buildings 658, 600, 664, 665, 666 on Connor Road), along with entrance columns.  These are all still in use.

There are several other WPA works at Fort Douglas that are harder to document or have disappeared:  a recreation hall (gone), bath house (still standing), swimming pool (filled in?), gas station (modified from an earlier stone building that still stands), and improvements to the water and street systems (invisible).

The only site marked as New Deal on the base is the bathhouse, built in 1935-36.

More photos taken by the WPA during the 1930s are in the archives of the library at the University of Utah, but have not yet been examined.  

Source notes

Eric Browning, "Historic Fort Douglas at the University of Utah: A Brief History and Walking Tour." University of Utah, Department of Facilities Planning, 2000

University of Utah, History of Fort Douglas Walking Tour

Project originally submitted by Joan Greer on April 1, 2017.

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Location Info


Salt Lake City, Utah 84113

Coordinates: 40.76464887712306, -111.83416843414307

2 comments on “Fort Douglas: Bath House & other improvements – Salt Lake City UT

  1. James Webster

    Archaeological research indicates that the laundry facility was in this same area,
    Possibly adjacent to the bath house and swimming pool. Is ther other historical evidence that such a laundry and dry cleaning facility existed in this area?

  2. Jim Webster, RLA

    The use of PCE for dry cleaning was initiated in 1930. The laundry facility at Fort Douglas and associated buildings then known as “suds row”likely incorporated PCE solvent for dry cleaning military uniforms as such was common practice by 1935 when the Army and WPA erected building 650 or bath house.

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