The Ladies Literary Club was the toast of Salt Lake City in the early 20th century with its own building along tony South Temple and a membership of about 500 women seeking knowledge and fun.
Flash forward 100 years and the membership of the organization is only about 10 percent of those glory days and its members just can't afford the upkeep of the Prairie-style work of Salt Lake City architects Walter E. Ware and Alberto O. Treganza. So, after a lot of consideration the club has decided to give the building to the Utah Heritage Foundation. A formal celebration of the transaction is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 850 E. South Temple.
The building was designed and constructed in 1913 specifically for the Ladies Literary Club at a cost of $7,500 for the land and $25,000 for the building. It boasts a large auditorium, where its members put on plays and hosted musical events and other social gatherings, said Eleanor Carlston, who has been a member since 1970.