Original construction on the Armstrong Mansion was completed in 1893 as the fulfillment of a wedding day promise made by Francis Armstrong to his bride, Isabel. After extensive travel through Europe, the two-term Mayor of Salt Lake City and his wife decided on the popular Queen Anne-Style for their family home. When completed, the Mansion included a beautiful master bedroom, Victorian dining room, library, parlor, and living quarters for house staff. The Mansion was also proudly one of only three homes in all of Salt Lake City to provide indoor-plumbing and running water for its occupants!
As prominent members of the community, Francis and Isabel hosted many gala affairs in the Mansion. During the years of the Mansion's occupation, it came to be known as the home of a loving family that welcomed visitors, be they well-known friends, or strangers in need.
After the tragic death of Francis at the relatively young age of 59, Isabel continued to occupy the home until her own passing in 1930. Surviving grandchildren still fondly recall visits to their grandmother's home.
After Isabel's death, the Mansion passed through the possession of several owners, and fell into a state of relative disrepair. Surviving the Great Depression, and two world wars, the once beautiful Armstrong Mansion came to be used as an office building, location of an acupuncture clinic, and even housed a motorcycle repair shop! Fortunately, in the 1990's a small group of private investors acquired the home and devoted their time and funds to the complete restoration of the structure, and its conversion to a beautiful bed and breakfast. With the help of surviving Armstrong family members and family records, the home was restored as closely as possible to its glorious 19th century appearance.
101 years after its original completion, the Armstrong Mansion once again opened her doors to members of the community as a place that welcomed visitors, travelers, and others who would appreciate the peace and beauty of a bygone era. Francis and Isabel's legacy of being gracious hosts to all who would visit continues in the home they built for themselves and the community over a century ago.
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