The Hotel Monaco building comes with a storied past
The site of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City has lived many lives and played a role in the evolution of Salt Lake City since the 1860’s. In different iterations it changed hands among several different owners including powerful men like Simon Bamberger and James Cosgriff, who each and contributed significantly to the shaping of the city and even the state. Below is a brief glimpse at the history of 15 West 200 South.
Elements of the hotel's history can still be found in the décor and the architecture.
- Carved stone faces can be found in the keystones above the arched windows and the simulation of a balcony with relief panels below the third story windows hearken back to the Second Renaissance Revival
- The hotel's restaurant Bambara is housed in what was once the old bank lobby and retains its polished marble floors
- Bank teller windows separate the hall from the main dining room
- Bambara's private dining area was once the office of James Cosgriff
- The bank's vault has been converted into a storage area, but the original door is still intact, the former high-security vault also serves as storage with walls that are more than 2 feet thick