The Utah's State Historic Preservation Office is recommending that the International Peace Gardens, located in Jordan Park, be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is located at approximately 1060 South 900 West in Salt lake City and the International Peace Gardens is located on the northwest section of the park.
Combining beautification and citizenship projects, Salt Lake City Parks' International Peace Gardens' comprises eleven acres in the northwest Section of Jordan Park. With half its boundary naturally formed by a bend in the Jordan River this city-owned and designated public garden is divided into twenty-eight Sections, each averaging 90 by 160 feet, each representative of one nation.
Some informational highlights of the historic nomination and highlights of what can be seen in the garden:
- Peace Cradle Sculpture: The Russian Section has a contemporary realist style sculpture depicting two kneeling girls playing cat’s cradle circa 1988. The recognized Utah sculptor born in 1942, Dennis Smith is noted especially for Latter Day Saint themed sculptures and depictions of children in the act of discovery. His work is found in Nauvoo, Illinois, Brigham Young University and the American Embassy in Moscow. Worth mentioning is a sculpture depicting a Danish Mormon emigrant family about to depart Denmark placed at Rebild National Park, property donated to People of Denmark by Danish Immigrants to the United States. Very good condition.
- Danish Lamps: In the Danish Section are two antique street lamps from Copenhagen. They are metal with hand-blown glass bowls topped with Chinoiserie finials. They were imported to Salt Lake in 1969. The upper halves of the lanterns went missing from the gardens in late 2013. Poor condition.
- Japanese Lanterns: Three granite garden lanterns in the Japanese Section were imported from Japan around 1948. A patron of the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo donated the articles from his garden in Japan which had been bombed in World War II. They were considered to be three hundred years old in 1948. The two tall lanterns are of the kasuga-dōrō type decorated with deer and Chinese zodiac animals respectively, and the squat lantern is of the yukimi-dōrō, or snow viewing type. They are in good condition with little erosion or breakage.
- Preaching Buddha: In the Indian Section is a bronze replica of the iconicSarnath Buddha, “First Sermon” from the Gupta Period in India. The sculpture is smaller in scale and was a gift of the Indian government in 1965. Very good condition.
- Mahatma Gandhi bust: In the Indian section, this (contributing, photo 0030) bronze likeness of Gandhi was also a gift of the Government of India and the Consul General of India in 1997. Very good condition.
- Bauta Stone: The Norwegian Garden houses the (contributing, photo 0010) Bauta stone, a two dimensional feature shaped like a flattened obelisk. The concrete 22 foot tall object is a 1972 work by Randi Borge. It is engraved on the front with folk figures such as fishermen, and on the back with a Viking dragon and English inscription in runic script. Very good condition.
- Lebanese gate: The gate to the Lebanese Garden was composed using pieces of the facade of the demolished Cullen Hotel in Salt Lake City. The sandstone arch elements and columns were added to a concrete support and topped with an iron arch in 1959. The arch is intact today but has suffered extreme erosion (poor condition) of the classical architectural features due to exposure to the elements. Despite its poor condition, this weathered archway does not mar the appearance of the garden, which had the intended theme of Biblical ruins.