Roberta Sugden House

A glass and steel Millcreek-area home with direct ties to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the pioneers of modern architecture, is the first Utah mid-century building to have a protective preservation easement. Read more >

Salt Lake Modern Tour: Let There Be Light Tour Extras

Salt Lake Modern Tour: Let There Be Light October 10, 2015 Tour Extras Coloring Pages for all six churches (PDF) Community of Christ Church LDS Olympus Stake Center St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church Holladay United Church of Christ Our   Read more >

Taking you to school: Mid-mod at the U of U

TAKING YOU TO SCHOOL: MID-MOD AT THE U OF U Friday, March 13, 2015 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet in the Officers Club Lobby Utah Heritage Foundation is conducting research in partnership with Utah Division of State History and  
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Pop-up Tour @780 E. South Temple

Utah Heritage Foundation is excited to launch its first #heartbomb. Heart bombing is an opportunity to show appreciation for our communities’ historic places... Read more >

Don Earl

Don Earl April 25, 2014 Bim Oliver: The first question I want to ask you is about your education. Your education in architecture, in particular. And was there any that was specific to what might be call “modern design.” Don   Read more >

An Interview with George N. (Jud) Daniels

GEORGE (JUD) DANIELS The founder and principle in Edwards & Daniels participated in the design of hundreds of significant public buildings across the Intermountain West. Read more >

Responses from Peter Goss

Peter Goss

One of Utah’s leading architectural historians shares his thoughts on modernism in Utah.  Read more >

An Interview with Peter Atherton

The retired dean of the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning speaks about the progression of architecture in Utah during the 20th Century. Read more >

An Interview with Ray Kingston

RAY KINGSTON Co-founder of the present-day firm FFKR gives an interview to Bim Oliver about his projects and design influences starting in the mid-1950s. Read more >

An Interview with Robert Bliss

BOB BLISS has touched thousands through his teaching and academic leadership, mentoring, and his community activism and its impact upon our built environment. Read more >

An Interview with Paul Anderson

PAUL ANDERSON The Stanford and Princeton-trained architect is one of the leading historians of Latter-day Saint architecture. Read more >

An Interview with Will Louie, Architect

WILL LOUIE The Ogden-born architect designed some of the most iconic--and perhaps misunderstood--buildings in Utah. Read more >

An Interview with Bill Browning, Architect

Bill Browning designed distinctive downtown corporate offices for JC Penney, Steiner, and HK, along with innovative schools.  Read more >

An Interview with Burtch Beall, Architect

Balancing traditional and modern throughout his career, Burtch Beall also spent 40 years teaching at the U.
After his education at Ohio State University and working a brief stint at the Lustron Corporation, Burtch Beall worked in Utah with and for many of the major architects of the mid-century period. But at the end of the day, he used traditional methods for contemporary building. Read more >

An Interview with Jim Christopher, Architect

After training with Louis Kahn at MIT, Jim Christopher came to Utah to teach at the University of Utah and open a practice that has spanned more than fifty years. Read more >

Millcreek MCM Endangered

Fabulous mid-century place in Millcreek endangered of being a teardown. See what you can do to help save it. Read more >

Eduard Dreier

With a flare for vividly detailing buildings and a philosophy for perfection, Ed Dreier pursued excellence for every client during a career that evolved over nearly fifty years. Read more >

Ronald L. Molen

Starting practice in 1964, Ron Molen joined large gathering spaces and private space together innovatively for “open, free and spontaneous space” believing that “a true family house offers a vital, imaginative, productive environment…a place for creative family living.” Read more >

Westshire Neighborhood

Starting in 1963, a visionary architect and builder set out to create a unique neighborhood of affordable modern homes centered around family and community. What resulted was Westshire. Read more >

Stephen Macdonald

Stephen Macdonald graduated from MIT, worked in the east, and returned to Utah to teach at the new School of Architecture at the University of Utah.  He left his position to practice full time, designing with a creative eye for  Read more >

Dee Wilson

As a licensed architect in 1966, Dee Wilson worked on and off for John Sugden for many years.  In addition, Dee worked for many other prominent Salt Lake City firms and architects including Bob Springmeyer, Georgious Cannon, Dean Gustavson, Edwards  Read more >

Dee Wilson Residence

Dee Wilson Residence Upper Avenues Salt Lake City Dee Wilson, architect 1970 As a licensed architect in 1966, Dee Wilson worked on and off for John Sugden for many years.  In addition, Dee worked for many other prominent Salt  Read more >

Taylor Woolley

As the first designer to bring a radical new style of architecture to the state, Woolley is considered one of the most notable Utah architects of the early twentieth century. He was among the first generation of Utah native and recent LDS Church convert architects who were trained in the offices of Utah’s historic firms and by nationally-renowned architects. Read more >

John Sugden

John Sugden studied with the masters of modernism at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and brought an eye for structural artistry in mid-century architecture back to Utah where he grew up.  The career of Sugden and his  work  Read more >


Many know Little Cottonwood Canyon as one of the premier destinations for skiing near Salt Lake City, as well as summer activities. However, the history of the canyon’s success started with mining in the Town of Alta. At its peak, 8,000 people lived and worked in the narrow canyon, which held two smelters, 138 homes, hotels, boarding houses, stores and even a railroad. The Emma Mine and the namesake for the Big Emma run in Snowbird’s Gad Valley, eventually produced more than $3.8 million in silver, becoming one of the largest producers in the Wasatch Mountains. But as mining in the area declined, recreational opportunities were explored. Read more >

Abravanel Hall

The Board of the Utah Symphony created a Design and Construction Committee which included Maurice Abravanel, Obert C. Tanner, and John W. Gallivan, Sr. The committee chose an architectural design team headed by Bob Fowler, who was joined by Franklin T. Ferguson, Ray Kingston and Edward Joe Ruben for the music hall. Read more >

Steiner American Building (ALSCO)

George A. Steiner started the American Linen Supply Company in 1895 in Salt Lake City because it was a great place to do business and raise a family. Under George and later Richard Steiner's leadership, the company experienced remarkable growth through several decades. By 1959, the newly-named Steiner American Company was internationally recognized with more than 22 linen production plants worldwide. Total sales by 1967 topped $41 million. Read more >

Main Library (The Leonardo)

The Salt Lake City Main Library, constructed 1962-1964, is locally significant for its historical and architectural contributions to Salt Lake City, and for achieving significance within the past fifty years. The building is significant as a prominent public building, serving as the primary library in the capitol city of Utah. The Main Library was also constructed during a time when Salt Lake City was attempting to recover from an economic recession during the early 1960s. Due to the poor economy, few significantly sized buildings were being constructed. To spur the building economy, the Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County governments united to inspire residents with a structure that was open to all in the then state-of-the-art library. Read more >

IBM Building

The IBM Building's unique structure makes it one of Salt Lake City's modern architecture landmarks. Its distinctive barrel-vaulted concrete ceilings and roof were considered innovative and experimental in 1961. In addition, local newspapers touted the building as one of the first in Utah to utilize post-tensioned concrete construction. The IBM Building sparked great interest in Salt Lake City's engineering community. In fact, engineering professors from the University of Utah brought their students to watch its construction. Read more >

Stromquist House

Donald and Jane Stromquist met with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957 at his studio in Wisconsin. They would later send photographs of the seven acre site in North Canyon, as well as samples of the soil and vegetation to which Wright would use to help determine colors for the house. Wright died in 1959 before several of his projects could be completed, including the Stromquist House. Moving day came in 1961, but would come again in 1966 when the Stromquists were forced to move to Pittsburgh for work reasons. Read more >

First Security Bank (Ken Garff)

With the construction of the First Security Bank building in 1955, it marked an important end to more than twenty difficult years since the great depression for downtown Salt Lake City and Utah. As the first major building to be constructed in Utah, First Security Bank signified a new beginning and as such, it's modern International design also represented a brighter hope for the future. But by 2002, it was the being called the "ugly duckling" and threatened with demolition. Read more >

J.J. Studio

In one of the final residences of an illustrious career of design and education, Utah native John Sugden wanted to build a model of his design philosophy. Read more >

Weber County Public Library

The Weber County Main Library is one of Utah's finest examples of modern architecture. The 1968 building was designed by prominent Utah architect John L. Piers. Read more >

Northwest Pipeline Headquarters

The Public Safety Building was originally built as the Pacific Northwest Pipeline Company headquarters and it was expected to have 275 employees work in the building. Architects for the structure were the local father and son team Slack and David Winburn, with contractors Del Webb Construction Company of Phoenix, Arizona. Read more >

Art & Architecture Complex

Designed to satisfy the University’s need to have both departments in a central location, this building became one of the finest visual arts centers in the country with its completion in 1970. Read more >

Mid-Century Utah Banks

This week, a new website Defining Downtown at Mid-Century, found at, has been launched that will change how you look at buildings from the 1950s and 60s. Integration of the automobile and ideas of reaching the moon changed popular culture in post World War II America. Architecture responded by adapting its designs for a new personal aesthetic, especially in the area of banking. Nearly everyone used a bank, and the automobile necessitated an explosion in the construction of branch banks and drive-throughs in every state. The website documents this unprecedented growth in the United States through the country’s foremost design-build company of banks, the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America. Citing over 200 of their projects with hundreds of photographs, is an exploration of the space age design, cutting edge technology, and profile of the founders and architects who streamlined today’s popular design-build process into a multi-million dollar business. Read more >

Robert Bliss

Robert Bliss is an award-winning architect who's shown exemplary dedication to preservation and community services with a vocal passion for art, architecture, and landscape. Read more >
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