Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Exploring the West Side on a Beautiful Day

Today two tourists from Massachusetts asked me about the Nu Skin parking garage.  They wondered if we could get there to take pictures.  It was a brilliant idea, resulting in some great pictures of the west side. The tourists get credit and thanks from me.
This is the view of the south face from the west.  I have taken a lot of pictures of the southeast tower from a spot near the light post in the center of the picture.  That intersection is University Avenue, which goes north and south, and 100 South, which is now permanently interrupted at the temple site.
A view of the north face from the west.  The area in the left lower corner of this picture will ultimately be underground parking for temple patrons and Nu Skin employees.
This is a detail of the upper west window.
This is a view of the west entrance, which has now been covered with gunite on the interior.  Notice the foundation is being removed and the building supported with I-beams.
This is a close-up of an upper window on the west side.
This is a view through that window of the northeast tower interior.
Still from the west, this is the northwest tower doorway.
Interior beam work is easily visible in this close-up.
This is a view through the northwest tower of an interior I-beam brace.
The window I was peeking through with my telescope lens is just to the left of the light.  That same beam is on the right wall in this picture.  The photo was taken from the eastern entrance.
Sometimes I try to get creative with my camera.  I thought this was an interesting picture of an original door still remaining in the southwest tower.  I believe an original door still hangs in the northeast tower, also.
Still from the west, this is a view to the north east.  The intersection of University Avenue and Center Street can be seen.  Notice the tower caps at the northeast corner of the temple site.
I was standing at the northeast corner when I took this picture.  The day was bright and beautiful after several days of snowy weather.  Of course, the 21 degree temperature was invigorating.
This is a view from the light pole at the southeast corner.  Notice the tower caps at the north end of the temple site.  Also notice what appears to be a retaining wall between the east side of the tabernacle and University Avenue.
Two men worked in these low temperatures to build the retaining wall.
The snow made peering under the foundation easier.
This is a view of the court house, east across the University Avenue from the tabernacle.  
Demolition work continues on the north foundation.
A small track hoe busily worked to pull chunks of brick away to make room for I-beam supports.
The two tourists and I walked along Center Street, just north of the temple site, to get to the Nu Skin parking garage.  A blue awning barely on the right of this photo is where we we were heading, but our route was not direct at all. 
Construction on the Nu Skin is extensive.  This is a view of their new building from Center Street.
After walking completely around the block, I was able to take this picture of the back of the new building.
This is a view looking east down 100 South.  Nu Skin is to the left.
The tabernacle is almost in the center of this picture.
This is Provo's main Post Office on 100 South.  There is a lot of speculation about what will happen to this property.  Today, however, it was busy with customers who politely did not hit me as I stood in the road.
This is the view of the Nu Skin's parking garage from the post office.  The LDS Church has purchased the garage and will ultimately remove it.  However, it is currently being used by Nu Skin employees.
I was actually excited to see this view of the west side of the tabernacle and take the pictures I used at the beginning of this post.
As I walked back to my car, I couldn't resist taking a picture of this snow-topped statue.
This was a beautiful day to visit the new temple site.

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