In pictures: Rendering vs reality, Sugar House 1

Photos by Devin Zander

Have you wondered if those pretty pictures presented during a project’s entitlement process at the city ever delivered on their aesthetic design promises?

We’re starting a new series called rendering vs reality: to see how closely pre-construction images and completed project match up.

We reached back in the archives to find a few Sugar House projects from the second wave of post S-Line multi-family construction. (You too can access our Search function with a membership).

There are so many more of these that we hope to feature. Here’s just a taste.

21 by Urbana, 2100 S and 1000 E

We wrote about this project in 2016, Gardiner Development’s third project in the neighborhood. The upscale finishes are part of the Urbana brand. How do you think it turned out?

Rendering by Lloyd Architects | Photo by Devin Zander for Building Salt Lake

Sugarmont Apartments, Highland and Sugarmont

At Highland Drive (1100 E) and Sugarmont Ave (2215 S), the Sugarmont Apartments replaced furniture warehouses and surface parking lots. Developers Boulder Ventures had a rocky go of it. Delays due to construction flaws and a contractor’s dispute put the project under wraps multiple times. Here’s our rendering vs reality from two perspectives.

Looking west from Sugarmont and Highland Drive. Rendering by Studio PBA | Photo by Devin Zander for Building Salt Lake

And from Sugarmont Ave looking northeast:

Rendering by Studio PBA | Photo by Devin Zander for Building Salt Lake

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Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.