Recording studio

Utah Arts Alliance Turns Old Church and Recording Studio into “Art Castle”

SALT LAKE CITY – Artists and musicians attempt to bring an ancient Salt Lake City church back to life with a unique and less told story.

Built in 1900, the 15th Ward Chapel, located at 915 West and 100 South, has served as the meeting place for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for decades.

That was until the building was sold and converted into a secret recording studio. For the past several decades, production companies have been responsible for music recordings, theatrical scores of prominent Hollywood films, and notable TV show jingles.

“Here, like this very place here, this is where Elton John, Billy Joel, BB King – even Eminem – were all here,” Jonathan King said. “It was the Salt Lake City recording studio.

King, who manages community and outreach events for Utah Arts Alliance, said his organization signed a lease for the space three months ago after the former studio operators left.

The alliance nicknamed him the “Art Castle»And is now in the process of raise funds* to buy the property and improve it in the future. The aim is to provide space for aspiring artists and musicians while preserving the history of the building.

“A lot of people say we have to save our history and we’re actually trying to do something about it,” King said.

The group plans to eventually stabilize and repair the building by replacing the roof, installing seismic upgrades and restoring the windows. The Utah Arts Alliance also has plans for a sculpture garden and space for an artists’ market on the front lawn.

“If we do a good enough job, maybe it’ll be called the ‘Art Castle District’,” King said.

King said the surrounding community had been drawn to the building’s restoration efforts, and those efforts certainly resonated with longtime neighbor Louis Mattena – who recalls wandering the halls and playing in the gymnasium at the when the structure was a church.

He said he was very supportive of the Utah Arts Alliance plans.

“I want my grandchildren to see it,” Mattena said. “Cool old buildings like this don’t last, so yeah, we want to keep it.”

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