From Abandoned Auto Garage to Creative center
The Hotel Bigelow Garage, built in 1929, is the only surviving example of an enclosed garage from the early depression era and is significant to the history of automobile transportation in Ogden. The structure was established by prominent Ogden businessman and entrepreneur H.C. Bigelow and constructed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by Leslie S. Hodgson, Ogden’s most ubiquitous architect of that era who also designed Ogden High School, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, the Bigelow Hotel, and more.
A major point on the transcontinental railroad, Ogden was known as the “Junction City” from the 1870s with the slogan, “You Can’t Get Anywhere Without Coming to Ogden.” After traveling long distances on rough roads, hotel guests and city visitors serviced their cars at the garage, which was the largest and most advertised structure for automobile storage and service in the city.
After it sat vacant for many years, Fischer Regan Enterprises, LLC purchased the building in 2011 with the vision of what is now The Monarch. FRE placed the building on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, and teamed up with Carbon Architects and R&O Construction to begin renovations.
Monarch in Moda
Jane Kim, Ink Dwell studio, 2018
Monarch in Moda, the mural on the Upper Deck, is what gave our building its name. This artwork is part of the Migrating Mural project, a series of public artworks by Ink Dwell that highlight wildlife along migration corridors it shares with people. The subject of this particular multilayer Migrating Mural campaign is the monarch butterfly, famous for its brilliant coloring, spectacular migration patterns and unique and transformational life cycle. Monarch in Moda is the sixth Monarch Migrating Mural, with other works in Arkansas, Florida, and California.
This mural is one of three Monarch Migrating Murals in Ogden and represents a community-wide effort to promote public art in Northern Utah and steward-ship of the natural world. Six banners depicting the monarch’s life cycle hang seasonally at the Ogden Nature Center and another large mural can be found at Weber State University’s Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities.
Monarch in Moda was the first project of the O1ARTS WALLS initiative, which is dedicated to uniting artists and neighborhoods through a collaborative process, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.