|Area less than one acre|
Built by William Startup
Added to NRHP 28 October 1983
NRHP Reference # 83003973
Architectural style Victorian architecture
|Location 534 South 100 West
Similar Olmsted Station Powerhouse, Charles E Loose House, Jesse Knight House
The Startup Candy Factory is a historic building located in Provo, Utah. that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first candy bars in the United States were produced here.
The Startup Candy company was founded by William Startup. He built the factory at 534 South 100 West in 1900 to help expand the family business. One of the first candy companies in Utah, the Startup Candy Company thrived in Utah’s dry climate. The company produced the first candy bars in the U.S., as well as being the first to produce and sell ice cream. This facility helped Utah produce more candy than the rest of the Intermountain States combined. The Startup Candy Company was the first company in Utah state to introduce profit sharing to its employees.
The Startup Candy Factory was designated to the Provo City Historic Landmarks registry on March 21, 1996.
A mix between a warehouse style, and a light commercial style, the Startup Candy Factory has two stories and a basement. The southern portion of the structure is fairly plain with no decorative elements adorning the outside, it displays an asymmetrical facade. The middle section is more decorative, with a Roman arched door bay and a stone belt course, as well as recessed brick panels encasing window and door bays. The northern section has a corbled brick course along the second level.
The William Daw Startup Family
Born to William Startup and Selina Morris in Widcombe, England on September 8, 1846, William helped his father make candy as a child, beneath their retail store in the basement. After William converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he alone out of his family immigrated to the United States. On November 14, 1869 William wed Hagar in Salt Lake City’s Endowment House. Once married, William and Hagar settled in Salt Lake, hoping that William would be able to make a living as a teacher. In the year 1874 they moved to Provo, and in 1875 they began making candy in a factory they constructed next to their home. William was hit by a limestone cooling slab, which caused his untimely death in the year 1878.
Hagar, his wife, had four children by that time, and endeavored to carry on the candy making business in their support. By 1892 the store was booming with success, and became the third wholesale manufacturing company in the state of Utah. Three years later, Hagar’s sons Walter, George, and William became the owners. In 1896 the first candy bar in the United States, the opera bar, was sold for ten cents from this factory. When the depression hit and economic difficulties ensued, Walter Startup purchased his brothers’ interests, but soon lost them to the bank. Eventually additional funds were procured, and Walter was able to buy back the northern half of the factory, where the company continued to operate.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.