Modern Across America: Salt Lake City
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Population 189,300

The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.

The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.

Photo by Zubin Shroff

Modern Building Worth a Visit The 1961 IBM Building by James Hunter & Associates was among the first Utah structures to use post-tensioned concrete construction.

The living room utilizes Eames lounges and a B&B Italia sofa to create a spare but comfortable environment. Sliding glass doors provide ample ventilation.

The living room utilizes Eames lounges and a B&B Italia sofa to create a spare but comfortable environment. Sliding glass doors provide ample ventilation.

Photo by Zubin Shroff

Breakout Firm Local, woman-owned firm ajc Architects has built a number of residences, churches, and cultural institutions around town.

Cassina cab chairs and curvilinear vases from Vietnam create a sense of calm, and provide a warm contrast to the strong clean lines of the interior.

Cassina cab chairs and curvilinear vases from Vietnam create a sense of calm, and provide a warm contrast to the strong clean lines of the interior.

Photo by Zubin Shroff

Hometown Hero A Chicago-born modern architect who worked with and studied under Mies van der Rohe, John Sugden (1922–2003) contributed many International-style buildings to the city.

At The Green Ant in Salt Lake City, collector Ron Green supplies locals with a welcome, and well-priced, dose of modern design.

At The Green Ant in Salt Lake City, collector Ron Green supplies locals with a welcome, and well-priced, dose of modern design.

Photo by Brent Rowland

Architectural Claim to Fame Moshe Safdie’s Salt Lake City Main Library. “Safdie’s library raised the community’s self-esteem about design excellence,” says Stephen Goldsmith, an associate professor at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning.

Green’s recent scores include a reissued George Nelson Swag Leg Chair and a coffee table designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman.

Green’s recent scores include a reissued George Nelson Swag Leg Chair and a coffee table designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman.

Photo by Brent Rowland
“I love when furniture has a story to tell,” says Green. “My favorite question to ask people selling me furniture is ‘How did this get to Utah?’”

“I love when furniture has a story to tell,” says Green. “My favorite question to ask people selling me furniture is ‘How did this get to Utah?’”

Photo by Brent Rowland
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