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Church Office Building

Church Office Building
LDS Church Office Building
General information
Location 50 E. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Construction started 1962
Completed 1972
Cost $31 million
Owner The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Antenna spire 435 ft (133 m)
Roof 420 ft (130 m)
Technical details
Floor count 28
Design and construction
Architect George Cannon Young

The Church Office Building (COB) is a 28-story building in Salt Lake City, Utah, which houses the administrative support staff for the lay ministry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) throughout the world.

The building is 420 ft (128 m) tall at roof level and is located within the Temple Square complex on the corner of North Temple and State Street. [1]

History, use, and design features

The building was designed by George Cannon Young at a cost of missionary efforts, production of church films, and matters relating to the construction of temples, and more.

The lobby of the building is dominated by a massive mural depicting the

The first four floors of the building expand outward, to the west and east, to form wings. The north side of each of these wings are without windows, each having stone facades, with large ovals containing relief maps of the two hemispheres of the earth. On the tower itself, the southern, western, and eastern facades all feature a closely spaced vertical pinstripe pattern of cast quartzite columns flanking the narrow windows, visually reminiscent of the former World Trade Center in New York City, a contemporary structure. The building's northern facade is marked by a narrow blank wall in the center, indicating the building's elevator and service core, with the regular pinstripe pattern on either side. This central part of the tower rises two floors above the observation deck at the 26th floor, and protrudes outward slightly on the southern side. [2]

The observation deck is open to the public for free, and provides a good view of Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake to the northwest, the Wasatch Mountains to the north and east, the skyline of the city to the south, the Oquirrh Mountains to the west, and Temple Square to the immediate west.

Visitors can also take a free tour of the gardens surrounding the building. The gardens are completely redesigned every six months, and feature an array of exotic plants and flowers.[3]

See also


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  • Arave, Lynn; Taylor, Scott (April 1, 2010), "For 35 years, Church Office Building has been symbolic Mormon headquarters, operational center for church growth",  

External links

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Preceded by
Utah State Capitol
Tallest Building in Salt Lake City
Succeeded by
Wells Fargo Center
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