Tall building’s spire draws ire in Boise

BOISE, Idaho — Owners of a new 18-story building in downtown Boise say they are considering ways to alter the appearance of a spire at the top because of concerns it makes the nearly-completed structure look like a Mormon temple.

Gardner Co. Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist tells the Idaho Statesman that proposed changes include glass surfaces and colored lights.

Ahlquist says the designs will be submitted to the city of Boise. He says the changes won’t require approval from the city’s Design Review Committee.

About a quarter of Idaho’s residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Ahlquist says many leaders at Utah-based Gardner Co. are also church members.

But he says the spire giving the impression of a religious affiliation was unintentional.

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