Salt Lake City is Utah's state capitol and has an impressive if typical capitol building to show for it. In fact, it looks an awful lot like the US capitol building in Washington, DC if on a smaller scale. The building capped by a 286 foot dome is made of quartz monzonite and was completed in 1916 after four years and close to $3 million. It would likely cost 100 times to build today and it was restored between 2004-2008 to the tune of nearly a quarter million. It is by far the most costly state capitol building in the US.
As with most things in Salt Lake City, there are hourly free tours of the complex. We did not have time for such as we were on our way out of town and I just jumped out of the car to snap this shot. We were heading to Rocky National Park in Colorado.
This is the capitol. My dad also took a photo of the capitol in 1948 - he collected photos of the capitols of the various states that we traveled to. In addition to this photo taken in 1999, I have two night views from 2010, and two photos from our trip west in 1964 (photos 4 and 5)
I didn't go in to tour the capitol even though it is given one red star in the AAA book - one of 5 'Must See' attractions in Salt Lake City. The website has a virtual tour.
There is supposed to be a killer view of the area from up there.
Completed in 1916, the Utah State Capitol Building stands on 40 acres overlooking Salt Lake City.
This building is actually the second state capitol building in Utah's history, the first being located in the town of Fillmore before SLC was officially named the capital. From 2004 to 2008, the capitol building is under massive renovations and therefore closed to the public. These changes will cost $200 million and include upgrades across the facility from power to structural changes such as new earthquake protection.
This is a beautiful capitol building. Located on what is now known as Capitol Hill it can be seen from most places in the city. It has recently undergone extensive renovations designed to make it survive the earthquake that will rattle the city someday.
Patterned vaguely after the US Capitol building with imposing entrance steps, a wide open rotunda topped with a large dome, and on either end are the House and Senate Chambers, also located here are the governor's offices. However, built of Utah granite, with the outside of the dome covered in copper from the Bingham canyon mine it is a Utah original.
Normally this building can be empty and quiet except for tour groups and visitors. However for 45 days in Jan, Feb and March while the legislature is in session there is the frantic lawmaking that make our government work.
Located in the basement are Utah Tourist information and a store to buy anything Utah.
Don't forget to leave time to wander the grounds. Surrounding the Capitol are memorials to the Mormon Battalion, Vietnam veterans, and wonderful views of the valley.
The architechture of Utah's State Capitol Building is modeled after the National Capitol in Washington DC. This building was completed in 1915 and is open every day for tours. Note: it's a fairly steep, uphill walk from the downtown area.
The Utah State Capital Building sits on the side of a hill overlooking downtown SLC. It's currently undergoing restoration.
Since I've been to every State Capitol building, people often ask me which one I like the best.... I usually include Salt Lake City in my top 5. It's a beautiful building!!
Utah's capitol building is on a hill above downtown and although seemingly on the edge of the main part of the city itself, its dominates the skyline.