In Pictures: Wilmington Gardens exemplifies community focused design

The Sugar House neighborhood in Salt Lake City already has abundant open space, including the City’s largest park and multiple public plazas.  The neighborhood is setting the standard for incorporating open space with private development.  The Wilmington Gardens development, on the 1200 East block of Wilmington Avenue, shows how private development can enhance the surrounding neighborhood through good design and providing public amenities.

At the center of the recently completed, development is a public plaza that connects Wilmington Avenue to Hidden Hollow.

The Sugar House project includes two mixed-use buildings that are two and seven-stories respectively, 212 residential units, ground floor retail, administration and academic space for Westminster College and modern town-homes fronting Hidden Hollow park.

Wilmington Gardens is not the monochromatic box that Salt Lake has become accustomed too for mid-density projects.  The project has various elevations that break up the space while using exterior materials like brick and metal instead of beige stucco.

The residential units will be a mix of market rate apartments and student housing.  The plaza increases accessibility to both Hidden Hollow and Sugar House Park via the Sugar House Draw.  The new connection also provides a more direct route for pedestrians and cyclists using the S-Line to get to Sugar House Park.

The southeast corner of Wilmington Gardens.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of Wilmington Gardens. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of Wilmington Gardens.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The south side of Wilmington Gardens. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of Wilmington Gardens.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of Wilmington Gardens. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Avenue entrance to the public plaza at Wilmington Gardens.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Avenue entrance to the public plaza at Wilmington Gardens. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Gardens Development as seen from Hidden Hollow.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Gardens Development as seen from Hidden Hollow. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Gardens Development as seen from Hidden Hollow.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Gardens Development opens to Hidden Hollow park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The townhome portion of the Wilmington Gardens Development as seen from Hidden Hollow.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The townhome portion of the Wilmington Gardens Development as seen from Hidden Hollow. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The townhomes open directly to Hidden Hollow park.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The townhomes open directly to Hidden Hollow park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The public plaza at the center of the Wilmington Gardens development as seen from Hidden Hollow.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The public plaza at the center of the Wilmington Gardens development as seen from Hidden Hollow. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
A sign for Hidden Hollow as seen from the Wilmington Gardens public plaza.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
A sign for Hidden Hollow as seen from the Wilmington Gardens public plaza. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The main building in Wilmington Gardens.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The main building in Wilmington Gardens. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The main building in Wilmington Gardens.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The main building in Wilmington Gardens. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The main building in Wilmington Gardens includes student housing for Westminster College.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The main building in Wilmington Gardens includes student housing for Westminster College. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The public plaza in Wilmington Gardens opens up to Hidden Hollow park.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The public plaza in Wilmington Gardens opens up to Hidden Hollow park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west building in the Wilmington Gardens development.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west building in the Wilmington Gardens development. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west building in the Wilmington Gardens development.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west building in the Wilmington Gardens development. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
Wilmington Gardens with Hidden Hollow park.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
Wilmington Gardens with Hidden Hollow park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Gardens development.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Wilmington Gardens development. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.