The Monarch’s industrial structure was built in 1929 as a full-service, enclosed parking garage for the neighboring Bigelow Hotel. At 60,000 square feet, it had the capacity for over 200 automobiles with ramps leading to multiple levels. Enclosed garages were common for the time, as early automobiles were less resilient to harsh weather and cold temperatures. This is Ogden’s only surviving example of an enclosed garage; the development of these structures stopped shortly after World War II when ventilation became an increasing concern and parking structures became more open.
This historic significance along with the building’s unique architecture landed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. It was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by Leslie S. Hodgson, Ogden’s most ubiquitous architect of the era who also designed Peery Lofts, Ogden High School, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, the Bigelow Hotel, and more. Unique details from the original structure remain intact including an interior parking ramp, garage style doors and ornamented façade.
Over the years, the garage has been occupied by a variety of automobile-related businesses, restaurants, a nightclub, flower shop and more, until it was ultimately abandoned. In 2011, Fischer-Regan Enterprises purchased the building in its dilapidated state. Teaming up with Carbon Architects, Fischer developed a vision to restore this architectural gem while providing a socially valuable center for the arts in Ogden. Groundbreaking for the renovation occurred in April 2018 and The Monarch is set to open in June 2019.