When people around the globe envision Park City, the immediate image is of Old Town’s hilly and historic residential and commercial district. Dating back to the 1868 discovery of silver in the surrounding hillsides by soldiers, Old Town encompasses Historic Main Street and its shops, restaurants, lodging, and neighborhoods.
Here, you’ll find historic cabins built by miners in the late 1800s, many of which were meant to be temporary. This often means slanted floors and single-story dwellings, some with the original single-pane windows, complete with wavy glass. A fair amount of these Old Town miner shacks have been renovated, adding on additional stories, for example. New construction also abounds, largely on seemingly tiny, unbuildable lots; these newer buildings pay respectful homage to their surrounding historic homes.
Due to its National Historic District status, the city closely regulates all renovations, restorations, and new construction, ensuring the area retains the architectural integrity of Park City’s origins. The district boasts dozens of homes and businesses listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Blue Church Lodge, and St. Mary’s Catholic, and St. Luke’s Episcopal churches. These two churches are both still used for regular services. Old Town real estate also includes readily available condos and townhomes, especially along Park Avenue as one heads toward City Park.