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Chapel Glen Site Rendering Through a University President appointed task force, it was determined that the best “re-use” of Fort Douglas would be to reintroduce its long-standing function as a residential village, and that the best location for the University’s student housing and the new guesthouse would be within the area of Fort Douglas.  The philosophy guiding site planning was to weave new construction into the historic fabric of Fort Douglas thus expanding on the Fort’s existing “neighborhoods” of residences surrounding community buildings and open spaces.
Extensive studies of the Fort Douglas site were conducted during programming and master site planning to develop design guidelines for the new buildings so they would not compete with the historic buildings.  The University of Utah’s intent and dedication was to have the new construction be another element of Fort Douglas, being part of a whole that will continue to function as the village it has always been. Historic Guidelines
Olympic Rendering During this planning process, Salt Lake City was selected as the host city for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  As a result, a new layer was added to the consideration of new student housing and the long-range plan for the University of Utah.  Fort Douglas and the new student housing were to serve for a short time as the Athlete’s Village for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  Approximately four thousand athletes, trainers, and officials were housed from January 9 to March 4.  The Sage Point neighborhood continued to serve as the Paralympic Village from March 4 to March 26.
There have been many questions about the future of the existing historic buildings at Fort Douglas.  The University is upgrading and restoring all the historic buildings as funds become available.  For example, all of the 1950s wrought iron is being replaced with historically appropriate wood elements.  Many buildings, such as the Officers Circle duplexes, have already received this treatment.  In addition to housing, the historic buildings will be used for student support spaces that enhance the academic experience of all university students with emphasis being placed on the programs and needs associated with the students housed at Fort Douglas.  
   
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The assistance and support of the Division of State History and their Office of Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Utah Heritage Foundation, and other university and community groups are a key element to maintaining and restoring the historic qualities and unique environment of Fort Douglas.


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