“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Hotel Utah


1909-1911, Parkinson & Bergstrom

Joseph Smith Memorial Building Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
1. Joseph Smith Memorial Building Marker
Inscription. The Hotel Utah was the “Grande Dame” of hotels in the Intermountain West. For most
of the 20th century. the hotel hosted Utah’s most distinguished visitors and was a focal point of local social activity. As one historian wrote, “Everything that was anything was held there.” The building is a lavish example of Second Renaissance Revival style architecture — with a Utah touch. Look for the huge brick and plaster beehive cupola atop the hotel. The beehive is Utah’s state symbol. In 1987, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to close the Hotel Utah and renovate the building to house church offices and meeting spaces. Today the hotel is known as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Erected by Utah Heritage Foundation. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 40° 46.168′ N, 111° 53.425′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of South Temple Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on South Temple Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City UT 84103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hotel Utah (a few steps
Joseph Smith Memorial Building Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
2. Joseph Smith Memorial Building Marker
from this marker); In Honor of Brigham Young and the Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother (about 300 feet away); Church Administration Building (about 300 feet away); Lion House (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Lion House (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Lion House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Salt Lake City.
More about this marker. This building is Tour Stop 2 on the Utah Heritage Foundation Downtown Walking Tour.
Categories. Churches, Etc.
Cupola on Top of Joseph Smith Memorial Building Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan R. Bauer, September 7, 2010
3. Cupola on Top of Joseph Smith Memorial Building
The Hotel Utah Photo, Click for full size
Harold Carpenter, Utah State Historical Society, circa 1977
4. The Hotel Utah
This NRHP photo shows the building in 1977. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 3, 1978. #78002673
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 680 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118.   4. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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