Salt Lake City “City Library”

The Salt Lake City Main Library sits directly across the street from the Salt Lake City County Building that I shared in another post…while the library building seems to evoke a sense of peace and appears to be a wonderful place to sit and read a book or two, it has a rather grim history.  Check-out the article from Wikipedia for more information.


20 responses

  1. Wow! That has to be new. I remember Utah and Juab counties as having the worst library systems I have ever encountered. Hopefully that’s changed or improved.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    • Yes, it is relatively new…I think I read that it was built in 2003 or 2006 or something like that. It’s rather beautiful…supposedly designed by the same guy who did the library in Vancouver…if my memory of the Wikipedia article is correct. I actually wasn’t going to publish this post, as I had a post with a single shot of the outside of the library with a bit of narration all prepared with this link, etc…but I went to “Save” this one and hit “Publish” instead…oh well. 🙂

      June 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      • It is totally beautiful. And you did such an awesome ( 😉 ) job at showing all its wonderous curves and surfaces. Well done indeed! But one really needs to watch them wrong buttons…. 😉 I’m glad you did publish it. I love all the shots.

        June 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        • Well I’m very glad you like it, Gunta…thank you for your very nice words…will have to go back and edit now and get that narrative in this one, since my fingers were ass-backwards on what they were supposed to be doing. 🙂

          June 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  2. A paradise for windowcleaners! 😉

    June 20, 2012 at 12:57 am

    • Yes, I’m sure that’s some good contract work, Geedebee. 🙂

      June 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  3. Fabulous pictures Scott and what a wonderful building. I will be reading the article you link to.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook.

      June 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  4. Wow! What an amazing building! Great capture

    June 20, 2012 at 3:55 am

    • Thank you, Madhu. 🙂

      June 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  5. Nice pictures. That’s quite a building. I wonder: 1.How many books it holds. 2.Does it get hot in there under all that glass?

    June 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

    • Thank you, Allen…I don’t recall the Wikipedia article mentioning the numbers of books…and I would guess that the glass is likely insulated to help keep out/in the heat and cold depending on the seasons.

      June 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  6. So . . . it does not look like many people use the place. Not many readers in Utah, I gather.

    I read the history of the place. It lists three suicides, but mentions “several” . . . I think they should pull the Twilight series from the shelf, although I suppose there could be other reasons for the jumpers.

    Seriously, it seems odd to choose such a public place. I suppose it could be accessibility as well.

    June 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    • I happened to be at the library on a Monday evening at almost 7:00…even the streets are less busy at that time…folks at home having their family dinners, maybe…I don’t know Emilio.

      Maybe three “successful” suicides with “several” attempts?

      I think your accessibility point might be the key…easy to get to…don’t need a roof key…just pretend you’re going to look for a book and then….

      June 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  7. Great curves, and some great reflections, Scott. Modern architecture offers up some great photo opportunities. Well taken

    June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • Thank you, Andy…I had only been there a couple of times before this visit and just knew that I had to return with my camera.

      June 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  8. It’s quite a place!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    • It’s easy to just stand there and admire everything above you when walking into the place, Fergiemoto…wonderful. 🙂

      June 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  9. The west elevation is not very inspiring at all, but the glass part round the back is awe-inspiring! You’re right about the history though, I wonder why all those people chose it to commit suicide or take hostages?

    Your pictures are terrific, they convey a real perception of space and light. I love the third one. When I scroll upwards the perspective has the effect of zooming in. Really cool!

    June 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • You’re correct, Finn…the west side of the building that actually fronts State Street is the least impressive of the entire building, I think…but the all of the glass and the curves and lines and shadows inside do a fantastic job of redeeming it.

      I could only guess at the reasons for the human drama that took place there…who knows, truly?

      Thank you for the nice words about the photographs, too…I just caught what was there, though…all of the hard work had already been done. 🙂

      June 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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