Salt Lake City, UT
My name is Jay Hobbs, and I am an architecture student in the graduate program at the University of Notre Dame. I received my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities with an emphasis in Art History. I was born in Utah and grew up in Rexburg, ID.
I had the opportunity to travel to Rome in college on a European study abroad with the Art History department. At the time I was studying construction management, but my trip toRome and other European cities completely inspired me. I was so moved by the wealth of art and architecture--the city was completely different than any place I had ever visited. I could not articulate what it was that moved me and made me feel the way I did, and so upon my return I immediately changed my major.
Having had the opportunity to study traditional cities and learn from Professor David Mayernik, I have chosen to complete a portfolio on Salt Lake City, UT. I grew up near Salt Lake City and was able to visit often. As a member of the LDS church, the city has always been an important destination for my family and me, and I would like to take the opportunity to apply what I have learned in this course as I research its inception and development.
My project will focus entirely around Temple Square, which is a block of land that was origianlly the center of the city. For Part 2: The City and Memory I will discuss the inital plans of the city and Temple Square in general due to its critical role in the city and community. In Part 3: The City and Reliquary I will narrow my focus on the temple, and for Part 4: The City and Theater I will discuss the importance and history of the Tabernacle.
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