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Firm relocating to historic S.L. building

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Salt Lake architectural firm Gillies Stransky Brems Smith Architects has bought the century-old Henderson Block on the corner of 200 South and 400 West and will make the building its Utah headquarters.

"This is one of the most important, well-preserved historic buildings in downtown Salt lake City, and with our firm's commitment to historic preservation and re-use, it is an extremely attractive building," said firm principal Stephen B. Smith.He said some 60 members of the firm will move into the three-story facility in September.

The 40,000-square-foot building was designed and built for $20,000 in 1897 by architect Walter E. Ware for Henderson's Wholesale Grocery, which operated until 1932.

Ware and his partner, Alberto O. Treganza, were known for their commercial and residential structures, which also include the Masonic Temple, St. Mark's Hospital, the First Presbyterian Church and the Aviation Club.

The Henderson Block is known for its classically molded ornamental projecting cornices. Each floor is separated by belts of stone that also form the sills and lintels of the window bays.

Most recently, the building was owned by the Salt Lake Brewing Co.

Smith said the firm will occupy most of the building, but three current tenants are expected to remain.

Two years ago, the firm bought and renovated the old White Truck repair facility at 300 West and 700 South but has outgrown that space.