VanTrust Real Estate Buys Historic Utah Building for New Regional HQ

VanTrust Real Estate plans to convert historical building in Utah to contemporary office space and regional headquarters. Photo credit: Google Maps.

Posted May 14, 2024

Updated at 12:30 p.m., May 14, 2024

Kansas City-based VanTrust Real Estate announced it has purchased a historic Salt Lake City building, with plans to convert it into a new regional headquarters.

VanTrust Real Estate completed the purchase of the historic Salt Lake Lumber Building, according to a release. Erected in 1909, the three-story, 26,997-square-foot, brick building is located in the city’s downtown at 205 North 400 West.

The building was originally built as the headquarters for Morrison-Merrill Lumber and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

VanTrust hopes to start demolition and interior renovation this summer and have it completed for occupancy in early 2025, according to the release.

“We love the story behind this building and what it meant to the Morrison-Merrill Lumber Company,” VanTrust president Dave Harrison said in a release. “And now it’s part of the VanTrust story. As our new regional headquarters, the building provides an opportunity for VanTrust to focus on this area and demonstrate our motto of ‘developing with a difference.’ We can preserve this iconic building in the heart of the city to strengthen the city’s architectural and historical fabric of the community and contribute to downtown’s economic vibrancy and growth.”

Once the building is transformed into a contemporary office space, VanTrust will also be leasing parts of the building to other tenets.

In addition to its latest Utah-based regional headquarters, VanTrust operates regional offices in Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona and Jacksonville, Florida with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.