Salt Lake City Public Library (A.K.A. Hansen Planetarium and O.C.Tanner Building)
Built in 1904, the magnificent Beaux Arts Building emerged as a result of philanthropic efforts, common in cities as the nation moved from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era. The building first served the community as the Salt Lake City Public Library and then the building was renovated in 1965 to become the Hansen Planetarium. Finally, in 2009, the building became home to the O.C. Tanner Company Headquarters.
Backstory and Context
The building functioned as a library through October 1964 when the library moved to a new facility. In its wake, the building transitioned to a planetarium, named the Hansen Planetarium in honor of George and Beatrice M. Hansen (Beatrice had donated $400,000 to the city to build the planetarium in memory of her deceased husband). The planetarium boasted of the highest per capita attendance of any planetarium in the nation. The Clark Planetarium, located in the Gateway in Salt Lake City, replace the Hansen Planetarium in 2003, leaving the building unoccupied.
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Photo SourcesThe historic library, taken March 2010: By Tricia Simpson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9790948
The O.C. Tanner Building: From Utah Historic Properties (utahhistoricproperties.com), http://utahhistoricproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/OC-Tanner-building.jpg