Above: Waiting area and teller counters in the Salt Lake City Prudential Building designed by William L. Pereira and opened in 1963. Photo: Julius Shulman / GettyArchives
Not so much ‘cool’ in this ‘cool stuff’ I’m afraid. Designed by noted architect William L. Pereira – whose works include the Transatlantic Tower in San Francisco and the Theme Building at LAX – the Salt Lake City Prudential Building was opened 1963. While many of us today bank online, 50 years ago a visitor to this bank probably would have appreciated the sunken garden, the huge and well-lit entrance atrium with skylights, and even the 100 life-size bronze sea gulls, by California artist Tom Van Sant, soaring up the front facade. Sadly, this building was torn down in 2014 to make way for a new performing arts center. The only thing saved, mostly, were Van Sant’s bronze seagulls with 65 of them (35 went missing) sitting in cardboard boxes in the storage room of a nearby disused theater as they wait for a new location.
The Salt Lake City Prudential Building designed by architect William L. Pereira in 1963 and torn down in 2014. Click on Image for full view2694 false false false
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Great building. And cool to see some Sven Ivar Dysthe Dokka chairs in use! We have one in the living room and love it…
great find DC