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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Social Hall

 
 
Social Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
1. Social Hall Marker
Inscription. This monument marks the site of the Social Hall, the first recreation center in the intermountain west. Built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Brigham Young. Made of plastered adobe walls with native wood floors and roof. Auditorium 40 by 60 feet, seating 350 persons, stage 20 by 40 feet, dressing rooms and banquet hall in basement. Dedicated January 1, 1853.

Here the Deseret Dramatic Association conducted many home talent theatricals, musicales and other festivities. Sessions of the Legislature, official meetings, receptions, banquets and other social functions were held here. It was used as theater, library and gymnasium by the Mutual Improvement Associations. In 1922 the building was razed.
 
Erected 1933 by Young Men’s and Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association & Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association marker series.
 
Location. 40° 46.086′ N, 111° 53.279′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on State Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at
Engraving of Social Hall on marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. Engraving of Social Hall on marker
or near this postal address: 41 S State Street, Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Social Hall (here, next to this marker); The Salt Lake Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Private School House (about 500 feet away); Eagle Gate 1859 (about 500 feet away); The Bee-Hive House (about 600 feet away); The Lion House (about 600 feet away); Brigham Young’s Office (about 600 feet away); Beehive House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
Categories. EntertainmentNotable Buildings
 
Social Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
3. Social Hall Marker
Social Hall Museum and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
4. Social Hall Museum and Marker
Social Hall Museum with Marker at Left image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
5. Social Hall Museum with Marker at Left
Pioneer Craftsmanship image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
6. Pioneer Craftsmanship
Photograph of the Social Hall from 1877 image. Click for full size.
June 18, 2007
7. Photograph of the Social Hall from 1877
Social Dancing image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
8. Social Dancing
Utah's First Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
9. Utah's First Theatre
The Deseret Dramatic Association presented popular dramas at the Social Hall for three seasons, 1853-56. Here as a similar group had done earlier in the Bowery on Temple Square, these pioneer actors entertained and offered moral instruction to Salt Lake City's early citizens.
Musical and Literary Programs image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
10. Musical and Literary Programs
Pioneer bands, orchestras, and singers found the Social Hall's main floor theater and simple platform stage an ideal setting for musical programs. Most such programs featured literary readings as well.
Schools image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
11. Schools
Gymnasium and Library - Varsity Theater image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
12. Gymnasium and Library - Varsity Theater
A Woman's Workout Outfit image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
13. A Woman's Workout Outfit
This is a representation of the risque (for its day) workout clothes that Maud May Babcox wore while exercising in the Gymnasium here at Social Hall. Imagine how shocked and outraged everyone was over the revealing nature of this getup!!! And what if they could see what is worn in a gym today!
The Archaeological Dig image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
14. The Archaeological Dig
A portion of the artifacts that were discovered during construction, carefully removed, and then returned to their original locations when construction was completed.
 
 
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