Milestones: Salt Lake City’s Main Library Turns 10
Salt Lake City got more than a place for books when its new downtown library opened 10 years ago.
It cost taxpayers $84 million, but residents weren’t disappointed with what has become an iconic gathering place and a source of community pride.
The bold design by Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie was embraced as a work of wonder by Salt Lakers when it opened in February 2003. A decade on, it still pulls residents and visitors into its soaring atrium, provides reading areas with stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains, and offers a mid-block plaza that plays host to community events as well as casual passersby.
“This is more than a place for a repository of books,” said Stephen Goldsmith, professor of architecture and planning at the University of Utah. “It has raised the community self-esteem.”
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