The historic Artspace Macaroni Flats was originally built in 1900 as The Western Macaroni Manufacturing Company. Antonio Ferro, also known as the Pasta King of the Mountain West, built a successful 40-year business producing up to six tons of 45 different types of pasta a day.

But that business was not without its challenges. The Pasta King racked up fines for stealing electricity, and the building caught on fire three times. Unfortunately, the third fire was the end for Western Macaroni.

As Artspace sat next to the building for 10 years, we watched the building as it transferred from owner to owner. Finally, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City approved Artspace to move forward with rehabilitating the historic property.

Macaroni Flats opened fully leased in 2016. The project has a positive impact on the environment through energy-efficient amenities, including:

  • Solar PV panels
  • Solar hot water heating
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Xeriscape landscaping
  • A very important patch of dog-friendly turf for our furry, four-legged tenants

It is the third mixed-use project on the block and includes 13 affordable apartments. There are also eight affordable street-level commercial spaces. With the help of our truly incredible tenants, we are committed to help return the Station Center neighborhood to the vitality of the Western Macaroni days when there were many people living, working, playing and running small businesses throughout the neighborhood.