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Wirth Watching: The transformation of Salt Lake City's downtown library

A half century ago, the heart of downtown Salt Lake City went through an urban renewal. New 60's architecture highlighted the skyline. The crown jewel was perhaps the new library - the library of 1964.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - A half century ago, the heart of downtown Salt Lake City went through an urban renewal. New 60's architecture highlighted the skyline. The crown jewel was perhaps the new library - the library of 1964.

It was a breathtaking modern designed new library about to open. Channel Four's Ron Ross introduced the city to the designers of the latest in design. The granite slabs and lines captured the modern era. There is no doubt Salt Lake City knew it had a library that defined the best of our space age modern city.

Inside, the library showed us the concept of wide open spaces. Of course in the center was the card catalogue. The most important part of any library was of course the card catalogue.

The library was designed for art, architecture, and efficiency.

It's is no longer a quiet place where a librarian with a bun said shush. It's a place that is what we want.

The old space aged building of 50 years ago became obsolete and the typewriters and groovy records are gone.

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