Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FamilySearch Building in Lehi

KSL 5 broadcast this image of the proposed FamilySearch buildings.FamilySearch is building in Lehi, Utah. Lehi sits between Salt Lake City and Provo. A Salt Lake TV station, KSL 5, broke the news last week. FamilySearch owner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued the following statement:

The property at Thanksgiving Point was purchased by the Church with a small portion donated by the Ashton family. Plans for the site have been submitted to the City of Lehi, as required, and meet all zoning and land use requirements. The proposed site plan allows the Church to construct a two-building campus (four stories each) on the property. One will be used as a key facility of FamilySearch International, the Church's family history subsidiary. Included in this building will be a FamilySearch… Discovery Center, which provides a highly interactive experience for the public to explore their family history. The other would be initially used as commercial office property and later as possible expansion space for FamilySearch. The landscaping and architecture of the buildings has been designed to complement the surrounding golf course, residential properties and other Thanksgiving Point venues.

According to documents submitted to the Lehi City Planning Commission, the buildings will sit on 12 acres on Garden Drive near Desert Forest Lane. The land is currently a golf driving range located between the Lehi Front Runner mass transit station and a golf course clubhouse. Each building contains approximately 120,000 square feet.

The site is about 5 minutes from the new Utah headquarters under construction for Ancestry.com at 1300 West Traverse Parkway, just west of the new Xactware building.

Map showing closeness of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch buildings

Ancestry announced their new headquarters back on 28 January 2015. Two buildings with a common lobby will sit on a 10.5 acre lot, along with three parking structures.

Architect's rendering of Ancestry.com headquarters buildings


  1. and yet in Illinois they are closing a genealogy library in Winneketa http://dailynorthshore.com/2015/07/21/winnetka-library-genealogy-room-will-close/

    Maybe some genealogist could research the board members ancestry and see if it has any brains

    1. Bonnie,
      The closing of the genealogy library in Winneketa has nothing to do with FamilySearch or Ancestry.
      The Winneketa decision is a local library decision.
      Also, FamilySearch (which this article is about) and Ancestry are different organizations.


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