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Published: Tuesday, May 27 2014 3:05 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

What a gift. The true market value of this place would be many millions.

Proud Ute
Proud Pac 12 member

Salt Lake City, UT

This is very kind and generous of the LDS Church. Thank you!

Virginia Beach, Va

Is it just me or does anyone else find it strange that the U didn't thank the Church in it's release ?


Mark my words, there will be those who criticize the LDS Church for giving this building to the U. It seems there is a growing population that spend most of their time criticizing the Church no matter what. When this story is reported on the Trib there will be critics, guaranteed.

This is a wonderful gift of a historic building that will benefit the U.

Salt Lake City, UT

Great news. This building would be too big for a family and not the right shape for most businesses. But the University is a perfect fit for it.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT


How do you know the U didn't thank the Church? This is just an article written by a reporter who didn't quote everybody word for word. I'm sure thanks were expressed directly to whomever represented the Church at the presentation.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT


You need to re-read runnerguy's comment. He clearly refers to in the press release. Now you are right that not every word of the press release appears included here, but nowhere did runnerguy suggest at no point did anyone ever communicate thanks(as you suggest), just that we don't see any from the press release excerpts included here.

A giant thank you hopefully was included in every bit of communication between the two parties - this is an absolutely massive gift and deserves some big time thanks, so I certainly would hope the press release would be full of thanks to the LDS church.

Orem, UT

I will admit to making some less than glowing comments about some Church practices/history, but reading a story like this goes a long way toward increasing my respect, and admiration for the organization.

I agree that the fair market value of this property would be quite high, so it was a very generous gesture on the part of the Church. I also only have good things to say about the Church welfare program, and the Deseret Industries program. These kinds of programs exemplify, at least in my mind, the best of Christianity.


This was a win win for the church and for the U. The Church gets a ton of good PR and the U gets a historic building. This was also a very shrewd move by the church. Historic buildings are expensive to maintain. I'm sure the church has been spending thousands of dollars a month just to keep the building from degrading. This building needs to be renovated. The U is spending $7 Million to do that, which is probably about what the current market value is. So it's going to be difficult to sell as it doesn't make financial sense to purchase a building that needs that much work. Not to mention the fact that it's historical significance makes it that much more difficult for a private owner. So the church saves the upkeep costs on a historic building that they didn't want any more and gives it to the U who will use the building to it's highest capacity. Win Win.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

RunnerGuy50: I noticed the same thing....no mention that the U thanked the Church. I am confident they did at some point, but seemingly not in the news release.

Grandma 20
Allen, TX

The mansion is near and dear to my heart. I am a former student and attended the LDS Business College from 1973-1974. I applaud the brethren for donating such a fantastic gift to the U. Church.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@Guam Bomb

I would imagine the property could be sold for a lot of money regardless of its current condition. Even if it were true that the church were donating it to relieve the maintenance costs the church could still make a lot of money selling it and still relieve the maintenance costs. Your theory tries to make it look like the donation is not a charitable donation. But pretty simple logic refutes that since the property is obviously worth a lot and could be sold for a hefty price.

Lindon, UT

I'd be very surprised if the building was in bad shape. It was being used by LDS BC through '06 and the LDS Church has a long & deep commitment to respecting historical buildings. They probably just couldn't find a use for it but wanted to be sure it would be cared for and used in a way that respected the integrity & history of the building. Regardless of its condition, I'm sure there would be plenty of people who would have bought it. After reading comments here and in the Trib. it's too bad some people can't just be grateful for a generous gift. I'm far from a Ute fan but am still glad to hear it will be preserved and in good hands.

Tooele, UT

That was a pretty impressive donation. Beautiful architecture. It will be a real gem for the U. Hope it serves it's purpose well. I guess the U of U was grateful for it... it just never made it to the article. Oversight I guess...by the author of the story, not the U I'm sure.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT


"There is a great deal of irrational hatred at U of U towards the Church...That's one of the reasons I am a loyal Cougar."

I am a die-hard Utes fan regardless of whatever anti-LDS sentiments some of the students and faculty have. It's best to let others have their opinions and still offer them a hand of friendship. With anti-LDS Ute fans that I have met, it works quite well, and most people (with few exceptions) really do believe in "agree to disagree". Given the Church leaders' extended hand of fellowship and friendship to the U of U, my guess is that they agree.

Go UTES!!!

Murray, UT

This is a very generous donation by the LDS Church to the U of U. It comes at about the same time the LDS Church has donated about $5 million toward the new Law School building now under construction.

Salt Lake City, UT

I loved my time as a student at LDSBC there in the mid 80'S. Met my wife in the library in the east wing, sad this area will be torn down. It is a beautiful building and I am glad it will have a new life.

Provo, ut

What's the definition of a White Elephant? You spend a million here and a million there and pretty soon you are talking real money.

Hispanic Conservative
Grantsville, UT

I agree with Dutchman. Nowhere in the report we see any comment on the U being grateful to the LDS Church and nowhere we find any information as to the reason the Church donated such a beautiful and historic building to an institution that has demonstrated to be so adamant to foster ideologies and lifestyles so contrary to the very tenets of the Church. While I understand that the Church won't comment, it would have been very nice although out of the norm for the U's Spokesman to voice or at least insinuate some minor level of gratitude to the Church and its members.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Lifelong Ute,

I understood runnerguy50 perfectly, but I don't know where he was getting he press release from. There was no link to it in the article and I don't know of it being made available to the general public. Generally these comments are in reference to the article they are linked to so I was merely pointing out that I'm sure thanks were conveyed whether in the press release or in person. The University of Utah and the LDS Church have a very good, long standing relationship and the Church has made many large donations to the University including a recent contribution to the new law school building. Runnerguy50 just seemed to be trying to stir up controversy where it doesn't exist.

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