Elizabeth Giraud has a very interesting job. She likes old things. Especially old buildings and bridges. She is UDOT’s only architectural historian. Elizabeth’s job is to look at every bridge and every building 45 years or older that may be impacted by our projects.
In the course of her day, Elizabeth often comes across some pretty cool stuff. Like the old hotel on 24th Street in Ogden that was in the Chevy Chase movie “Fletch.” Then there’s that old warehouse off the side of I-15 in American Fork. You might never even give it a second glance, but it likely determined the path of the freeway.
Elizabeth’s job is so cool, in fact, that she was featured in a Salt Lake Tribune story by Tom Wharton. Take a look. You might get a little history lesson.
You can also learn more about the Pre-war Bridge Survey mentioned in the article in a previous blog post.