History

Originally known as the McCornick Block, the present day Crandall Building was constructed over a four-years period (1890-1993) for approximately $300,000 by William S. McCornick, an entrepreneur. McCornick (1837-1921) was  born in Picton, Ontario, Canada and moved to Salt Lake City in 1873, where he established a small banking house, McCornick & Company. McCornick later participated in several mining ventures, including the famous Silver King mine in Park City, Utah. The soundness of McCornick’s financial empire was such that he was untouched by the panic of 1893, as he was able to meet any claims made on his bank by depositors.

The property on Main Street, where the Crandall Building stands today was originally owned by William Richards (1804-1854) an Latter-day Saint Church Apostle and second counselor to Latter-day Saint Church President Brigham Young. The property served as Richard’s home, as well as housing the local post office. Later the property was used as a freighting and merchant firm known as Kimball and Lawrence. In the 1880s, Cunnington and Company opened a hardware and grocery store on the corner, but later sold the property to McCornick. The seven story structure is constructed of local Kyune  sandstone and brick, and is one of Salt Lake City’s few surviving commercial  blocks form the 1800s. The building originally featured split-level entries with six stories above grade and one semi-subterranean story. 1

Walker Bank and Trust Co. acquired the property in 1921, along with the deposits of McCornick and Co. The Walkers sold the building to the Joseph B. Arnovitz family in 1934, who in turn sold the property to Pacific National Life in 1942. The building was purchased by the Crandall family on March 1, 1955.2

The Crandall family on the day of purchase, 1955.

Over the years, the Crandall Building has housed such businesses as First Federal Savings and Loan Association, American Smelting and Refining Co., Salt Lake Travel, Marriott International and organizations such as the Sons of the American Revolution, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, and the Mormon History Association. Two famous street level tenants were The Time Shop and See’s Candy.

1Structure/Site Information Form. Utah State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Office, February 18, 1979.

2“Up and Down the Street: Surety Executive Buys Pacific Life Building,” Salt Lake Tribune, March 1, 1955.

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