Architecture
November 26, 2018

Where was the first condominium in the world?

I don’t think we’re going to get agreement on this.

Condopedia credits the legislative idea for the ‘modern condominium’ to a Salt Lake City lawyer named Keith Romney (cousin of Mitt):

After studying existing co-op systems in New York and Chicago, Romney presented his client with a different idea; one that would make it possible to subdivide a building into distinct legal parcels within the same structure. The concept had long since been adopted in Europe, starting with Belgium in 1924 and spreading quickly across the continent. ..

Not sure why, having noted the origins in Europe and referred to 1958 legislation in Puerto Rico, the article then credits Utah.  Wikipedia says this:

The first condominium law passed in the United States was in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1958.  In 1960, the first condominium in the Continental United States was built in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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