Treasure Mountain Inn, a fixture, outshines swanky competitors for a day
June 16, 2015
The Treasure Mountain Inn, a fixture of Park City’s lodging industry, outshined even its swankiest competitors on Saturday.
The inn, occupying space toward the southern end of Main Street, celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event that showcased the role a single property had as Park City rose to prominence as one of North America’s elite mountain resorts.
The event drew a room full of history buffs, Park City leaders and other people interested in the history of both the Treasure Mountain Inn and Park City itself. A roster of public officials attended, including Mayor Jack Thomas, members of the Park City Council and some of the candidates competing in the City Hall election.
They listened to colorful stories about the Treasure Mountain Inn’s history and heard of its important role in a shifting lodging industry. It is described as being the first resort condominium hotel in the country.
"I think we’ve seen it all," said Andy Beerman, who with his wife owns a majority of the units in the Treasure Mountain Inn as well as the firm that operates the property.
Beerman, a member of the City Council, spoke of fires, floods, a mice infestation and "roof-alanches," which is when snow cascades off a roof. He also mentioned a recent bomb threat at the Treasure Mountain Inn.
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Beerman described meeting his future wife, Thea Leonard, who worked at the Treasure Mountain Inn. He was eventually hired as the manager. In the late 1990s, he said, developers spoke of an idea to demolish the Treasure Mountain Inn and rebuilding at the site. Those ideas were scrapped and the Treasure Mountain Inn later became known as an environmentally friendly property. Beerman said an estimated 496 million pounds of material were kept out of landfills by opting not to demolish the Treasure Mountain Inn.
Tom Clyde, a Park Record columnist and once the city attorney in Park City, spoke to the crowd about the importance of the Treasure Mountain Inn at the time it was built. It was probably the first new building put up along Main Street in a generation, he said.
"There’s just nothing happening here," he said of the era when the Treasure Mountain Inn was built, describing the idea of a new construction project in those days as "unthinkable."
He recalled a story of a large chunk of snow and ice falling from the roof of the Treasure Mountain Inn, crashing into a car below.
The mayor, who has longtime ties to Park City, said his great-grandfather once lived in a house at the site where the Treasure Mountain Inn was later built. Thomas in the 1960s worked for a power company mapping Park City. He ate lunches at the Treasure Mountain Inn in those days, he said.
Another speaker on Saturday was the daughter of the person who developed the Treasure Mountain Inn. Tami Anderson said her father, Dewey Anderson, saw the potential in Park City early on.
"I think he envisioned Park City long before anybody else did, that it would be this big if not bigger," Anderson said in an interview.
She said her father crafted the vision for the Treasure Mountain Inn in the early 1960s, eventually contacting 47 landowners at the site with the idea.
"It was boarded up," she said about Park City at the time. "They need places to stay. None of the condos were here."
Beerman in an interview said there was little done at the Treasure Mountain Inn between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s, when Beerman and Leonard started their work at the property. A major renovation followed on the inside and the outside.
The Treasure Mountain Inn consists of 56 condominiums and five commercial spaces. Beerman said approximately 50 of the units are rented on a nightly basis, meaning the property largely operates like a hotel. Some people wanting a unique and locally owned lodge seek out the Treasure Mountain Inn, he said, describing the property as midrange in pricing along Main Street. Beerman also acknowledged the Treasure Mountain Inn’s perch at the top of Main Street.
"Location, more than anything," he said.