Saltair I

Salt Lake, Utah

Burned 1925

The Disappointed Tourist: Saltair I, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

I heard about this place. Anon.

The first Saltair resort, completed in 1893, was a joint venture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Salt Lake & Los Angeles Railway, which was constructed for the express purpose of serving the resort. It was intended to provide safe and wholesome recreation under Church supervision. Saltair was designed by well-known Utah architect Richard K.A. Kletting and was the most successful resort on the shores of the Salt Lake. The church sold its share in the resort in 1906. The first Saltair pavilion and a few other buildings were destroyed by fire on April 22, 1925 and replaced by a second, less-elaborate Saltair, which never attained the success of the original. The painting is based on an uncredited old black-and-white photograph.