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University of Utah Circle

University of Utah Circle
The LeRoy Cowles Building in 1905.
University of Utah Circle is located in Utah
University of Utah Circle
Location Salt Lake City, Utah
Built 1901 - 1935
Architect Multiple (Richard Kletting;[1] Cannon, Fetzer, Hansen;[2] Ashton & Evans[3])
NRHP Reference # 78002682
Added to NRHP 1978[4]

The University of Utah Circle, also known as Presidents Circle, is located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978[4] as a historic district.


A view of the University of Utah Circle
Park Building

In 1900 the University of Utah moved to the current east-bench campus on land that used to belong to Fort Douglas.[5] The four original buildings, which are currently known as the John Widtsoe Building, the LeRoy Cowles Building, the Alfred Emery Building, and the James Talmage Building were built on what is now University of Utah circle.[5]


The district is composed of the following eight buildings, which are all named after former University of Utah Presidents and located along University Circle:[6]

  • Park Building (1914) - Designed by the architectural firm of Cannon, Fetzer, Hansen.[2] Originally named the "Central Building", it was renamed the "Park Building" in 1919[2] after former university president John R. Park. It currently houses the office of the president as well as other university administrators.
  • David P. Gardner Hall (1931) - Designed by Ashton and Evans.[3] In 1980 it was named after former university president David P. Gardner.[3] It was originally constructed to be the union building.[3]
  • George Thomas Building (1935) - Designed by Ashton and Evans[10] and named after former university president George Thomas. It was originally built as the George Thomas Library. In 1968 when the library moved and became the J. Willard Marriott Library the Thomas building became the home of the Utah Museum of Natural History.[10]



  1. ^ a b c "LeRoy Cowles Building (1901)".  
  2. ^ a b c "Park Building (1914)".  
  3. ^ a b c d "David P. Gardner Hall (1931)".  
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  5. ^ a b "The New U of U, 1892-1914".  
  6. ^ Meecham, Sharon. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: University of Utah Circle and Accompanying fourteen photos, exterior. National Park Service, June 1977. Accessed 2009-09-22.
  7. ^ a b c "Alfred Emery Building (1901)".  
  8. ^ a b "James Talmage Building (1902)".  
  9. ^ "U Receives $3M from Marriott Family Foundations to Support Music Scholarships, Student Performing Arts Productions and Kingsbury Hall".  
  10. ^ a b "George Thomas Building (1935)".  

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