Happy Portfolio Day

SFAINo longer are the days when the only criticism you receive about your portfolio is a “yes” or “no” from the school you’re applying to. …

Down and dirt-y.

b2grouds041DesignBuildBluff 2012 is finally getting underway, with this year’s emphasis on the earth and how to not only integrate our design into the ground, but …

UP House on Core77


This is pretty amazing: Utah-based building company Bangerter Homeshas faithfully duplicated the Victorian two-story from Pixar’s Up, using frames from the movie to create a 2,800-square-foot house that matches both inside and out.


Disney/Pixar was contacted and gave Bangerter Homes unprecedented permission to construct the replica….Staying true to the timeline in the movie, this turn of the century period home will be decorated to reflect the 1950’s era…. From the interior finishes, kitchen design to the furniture and accessories, great care has been exercised to achieve a fun and fresh nostalgic atmosphere. “If you have seen it in the movie, You”ll see it in real life in the home,” said Adam Bangerter.

The Up House is located in Herriman, Utah, and will go on the market for just under U.S. $400,000.

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Pixar UP House in Utah

So how is a homebuilder in this Salt Lake City suburb getting away with selling a near-identical copy of the floating house in the Disney-Pixar film “Up”?


uhf road trip to cedar city

The Utah Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a road trip to Cedar City that may interest you. It is happening this Saturday, June 25th and will be visiting some of the great buildings in Iron County. Here is a link with more information. The itinerary is here and you can register here.

lds architecture

For any who may be interested, I am also working on a project of compiling great LDS architecture, as well as working on a history of LDS meetinghouses. Some of this will apply to Salt Lake buildings, which is why I am posting this here. My belief is that the greatest architectural legacy of the LDS Church is in the Meetinghouse designs. With the exception of a few wonderful publications, very little research has been done to document this Meetinghouse heritage. Especially when compared to LDS Temples.

The initial effort will be to document buildings and sites that are currently still in use. Obviously this will not be a comprehensive effort, but at my discretion will highlight those buildings I deem to be significant or representative of good work. Suggestions are always welcome. Other efforts will include those buildings no longer in use, sold or demolished, as well as documenting typical building types and styles as part of the current Standard Plan program for Meetinghouses, Temples, and Institutes.

Rather than waiting until I have done all the research on a particular building, I will be posting information and images as I obtain them, so it will be an active site with daily postings. Where possible, I will be documenting not just a static point in time of each building, but the history of the building and site through time. The original design; the additions and remodels; the demolitions. This life-cycle story telling will be a reminder of the past and hopefully a guide towards an even better architectural future.

empty lot adjacent to capitol theatre

There is a great deal to learn from this exposed side elevation of the Capitol Theatre. I count three distinct building profiles that have been directly adjacent to the Capitol Theatre during the history of the building. There may even be more that I’m missing here, but can you spot all three? Does anyone know the history of this site? There will soon be a fourth profiled building adjacent to the old theatre with plans in the works for Ballet West to occupy the site.

Rendering of proposed new building
The beautiful new design for the Jessie Eccles Quinney Center for Dance is raising money for the project and hoping to start construction in Spring 2012.

Front facade of Capitol Theatre
Taken 23 Oct 2010

capitol theatre alley

Alley adjacent to Capitol Theatre. It’s remarkable how many windows were originally in this side facade, and equally remarkable how many of them have been filled in.
Taken 23 Oct 2010