Originally designed by Edwards & Daniels Architects, and located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Old Main Library Building was completed in 1964 and was home to Salt Lake City’s largest branch library for 39 years. The building was replaced by a new library on the same block and residents of Salt Lake City voted to bond for its renovation as the future home of The Leonardo Center for Science, Technology and Art. The glass and concrete panel exterior is representative of the building’s mid-century modern design. Original features include a Roper Bas Relief, Caravaglia Statue and Douglas Snow Painting.
The remodel of this three-story, 122,000 SF building with a basement and sub-basement included an asbestos abatement and complete seismic retrofit. Although the building is not on the Historical Landmark Register, it is considered a historically significant example of mid-century modernism. The design team coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure the proper design of the seismic bracing and building remodel to maintain the historical elements of the building.