It is a monument to political correctness and an eyesore. It looks like the Borg
Cube has landed in Salt Lake City.
They should tear it down and start over. If I were Senator Hatch I would
sponsor a bill prohibiting my name from being put on this ugly monster. The GSA
has money to spend on lavish conventions and training seminars for its employees
and then wastes tax payer money on this?
I wouldn't have thought it possible to build such an ugly building with
that much money in today's day and age - very disappointing indeed. Salt
Lake City and the judiciary/ attorneys waited soooo long to get a new federal
courthouse - to have this eye sore be the result - awful. It may be safe, and
it may allow natural light, but the designer failed miserably, and whoever
approved its design should be embarrassed.
ECR, you may be an architect, and all you say may be true, but it doesn't
change the fact that people aren't coming to your defense. This Building Is
Still UGLY! Regulations have to be considered, BUT the building is bad for the
It's true that it would have been much more expensive to design it in a
neoclassical style like the 1905 Moss Courthouse that it replaces.If
only we were as rich as we were back in 1905!
It is a hideous building. Would fit right in Washington DC - which has a
plethora of dull but functional space.
@ one old manI'm all for calling this building Orrin Hatch, as
I think it could have been both more beautiful and cheaper at the same time. If
the Feds reduced the amount of business the federal building does by having less
federal laws; less security would be needed perhaps if the laws were seen to be
more fair and less obtrusive. Just saying.
Sorry RBB. But even the public safety building of Salt Lake and the new FBI
Building there didn't come close the security requirements or the interior
circulation requirements of a new federal courthouse. Do some studying about
the facts before your make such claims.And by the way, I practiced
architecture in SLC for 11 years and my office was across the street - Post
Office Place - from where the new Courthouse now stands.
ECR"The building is perfect for its function and location."
Easy for you to say - living on the other side of the country. You do not have
to look at the ugliest building in Salt Lake every day on the way into the city.
Our new public safety building and the new FBI headquarters both had
to address the same security concerns. Both are attractive buildings. Salt
Lake has some great architecture. Classic - Salt Lake Temple, Cathedral of the
Madeline, the city/county building, the old planetarium, the soon to be old
courthouse. Modern - library, public safety building, City Creek mall,
Conferences Center.400 South West Temple? - Nothing to see here
folks, keep moving.
Compare the library and new public safety building with the new federal
courthouse, an interesting study in how modern design can be beautiful - or go
$186 million just for the Federal District Court for the District of Utah? And
the building doesn't even include the bankruptcy court? All built with
money borrowed from the Chinese. What wastefulness. That much money could send
our first family on three or four week-long, foreign vacations.
So glad to see the good people of Utah are not shy about expressing their
opinions regardless of how informed they may be."A monstrous,
metal box..." While the structure may be made of steel beams and columns,
what you are looking at is glass, not metal. The complaint that the
design is not as ornate as the historic courthouse to the east of this building
or that it is not equal to the craftsmanship and depth of design of the
Cathedral of the Madeleine is reflective of the times we live in. The cost of
such a design would be prohibitive and while this building's cost is
certainly not cheap, there is no way the taxpayers of the country would pay for
the design elements wished for in these comments.The tragic events
of this country dating back the Oklahoma City bombings are the drivers in making
this look like "impersonal and authoritarian." Think about what goes on
in the courthouse and the dangers of just being there for certain procedures and
maybe you can understand why the finished product looks the way it done.The building is perfect for its function and location.
And there are rumors that this ugly thing will be named for Orrin Hatch.Yikes.
I must agree. I don't live in SLC, but I do love SLC. So much has been done
to enhance the city in recent years. I travel for a living and I must say this
is an eyesore and a blight to SLC. It would be ugly even in an industrial park.
I'm sorry SLC, but the government just used 186 million dollars to build
the dog of all dogs in your city.
I completely agree with Sandy. We drove into Salt Lake last month and I thought
the building had some protective covering on it. 186 million tax dollars were
spent on this ugly, sterile box? What a travesty. Not one ounce of creativity
It's as pretty as some of those Soviet era buildings you see in Russia.
1. This building reminds me of the big bureaucrat building in Futurama, just a
soulless box (well it is a government building).2. Look at the
artistry of building of today vs 100 years ago. The buildings of today are bland
and lifeless. Just big boxes with windows. The older building have much more
character, design, and thought put into them. For example, look at the Cathedral
of the Madeleine. Granted it is a gothic type building, but there is depth,
design, crafsmanship, unlike these new buildings (especially this courthouse).
All this and it was done without computer architect programs. You can find
examples of this in any city.
I have to agree with Sandy. This is one ugly building. It looks like something a
5 year old would come with, a box with some rectangles cut out of it. The only
thing it's missing is some stick people sculptures placed around it; or
have I spoken too soon.
It looks like a prison in the middle of our downtown. Sad to see this boring
Looks exactly like 21st century federal justice. Impersonal. Authoritarian.
Unappealing. No amount of trees, flowers or shrubs will soften its true
So, so disappointed in this buidling. A monstrous, metal box, without beauty,
without shape or contour, nothing inspired or inspiring. This article
acknowledges that, by focusing entirely on the many practical conveniences. But
what could be said? It's dumbfounding that neither designers nor city
planners cared to elevate our minds or honor our past. A true travesty that
Salt Lake City allowed and approved this design to go forward. We're stuck
with it for decades now. And this after so much work has been done to beautify
downtown. What a mistake, Salt Lake City.