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Salt Lake City Public Libary / Hansen Planetarium

Dedicated October 27, 1905

Built of Sanpete Limestone with a donation from John A. Packard, Tintic Mining District Millionaire.

Designed by Heins & Lefarge of New York.

Planetarium established 1965 as a memorial to George T. Hansen by his wife.

The Ladies Literary Society is responsible for the construction of the Salt Lake City Public Library Building.  These women promoted Utah’s first tax for the support of public libraries in 1898.  They then convinced mining millionaire John Q. Packard to donate both the land and funds for constructing the state’s first public library building.

The Salt Lake City Public Library Building is a good example of the Beaux Arts Style architecture.  This style, which combines classical motifs with elaborate decorative elements, was popular for large public buildings at the turn of the century.  Look for the library’s ornate stone gable and two-story entrance pavilion.