Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Giovale Library

Salt Lake City, Utah

The library, set on the edge of a creek, defines a new gateway to campus. Students pass by the entry tower and trellis as they walk through the library plaza. The design echoes several features of Converse Hall, the flagship building on the campus. The terra cotta-colored brick, limestone accents, gabled windows and modern Gothic style echo Westminster’s ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY240COST PER SQ FT$136.84CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio heritage.

Natural light is predominant throughout the new library. A three-story bow window provides views of the creek below from the main reading room on the entry level, and the boardroom with its distinctive arched window above. The three gabled bays on the front of the building enable those sitting along the windows to observe activity along the main pedestrian walkway on campus.

The Tower Reading Room, above the main entrance, offers views of the campus mall and the distant mountains. The main staircase on the west side of the building features large windows that overlook the playing fields and stadium.

Photographer: ©Scot Zimmerman

"Beautiful...great interior reading areas...impressive exterior."—1999 jury