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Mormon Church Office Building

Official name: Later Day Saints Church Office Building
Built: 1962-1972
Cost: $31,000,000
Designed by: George Cannon Young
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 28
Maximum Height: 420 feet / 128 meters
Location: 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, United States
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L ike a global business, it's hard to run a global church without some sort of centralized control. Since the Mormon church's historic trek across the American frontier, that power has been centered in Salt Lake City. But even centering on a city isn't enough, because as an enterprise grows, more departments are created, more branches formed, and more people are needed. By the 1950's, it was growing painfully obvious that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needed to corral its sprawling operations. The solution was to build this 28-story skyscraper.

Thirty-six departments from 16 buildings were consolidated in the tower. It's vertical columns of cast quartzite stone are reminiscent of New York's World Trade Center, and other buildings of the time.

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