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Old Posted Oct 3, 2008, 3:47 PM
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Was very glad to see the Los Angeles, the Pasedena, and the Beverlyn Hills City Halls appear. All three are beautiful gems, and each city should be justifiably proud.

Along the line of Neoclassical, I've always appreciated the old City Hall/Courthouse in Provo, which is the southern core of Salt Lake's CSA. It has great lines, and an equally beautiful interior.

by Rich Legg

by Rich Legg

Joseph Nelson
The Provo City and County Building, now called the Historic Utah County Courthouse, was built between 1920-26. Joseph Nelson, the architect, traveled with a committee to the West Coast to gather ideas from other administration buildings, prepared sketches, and submitted a plan that was accepted by the committee in 1919. Rudine and Chytraus were the contractors for this two-and-one-half story Neoclassical building. Built of oolitic limestone from Sanpete County, the lower portions of the building is faced with granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The sculpture grouping within the pediment was designed by Joseph Nelson and executed by sculptor Joseph Conradi. The figure of justice stands in the center with female figures on each side representing Utah County of Provo City. Horticulture, dairying, mining, livestock, and farming on the left, and music, sculpture, industry, letters, and painting on the right, are the various arts and industries symbolized in this grouping.

The interior is also elaborately ornamented. The central two-story foyer incorporates a painted arched ceiling and a stained glass skylight. The stairs at the rear of the central pavilion curve upward to the mezzanine. Two long narrow atria with coffered ceilings are accented with stained glass panels below skylights. The floors throughout are of Alaskan marble.

Ken Lund

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