Opening 1916, the Utah State Capitol looks out over Salt Lake City and to the stunning Wasatch Mountains in the distance. The building towers 285 feet to the top of the dome and contain five stories. Loved by locals and visitors alike, this building is open for tours to learn about the history of government in the Beehive State.
When the first European settlers began moving into the Salt Lake City region, led by Brigham Young, they established a community that transformed into the city seen today. Over the years as the state grew, a demand for a capitol building was deemed necessary. A “Capitol Commission” was founded around 1888, and Utah joined statehood in 1896.
It took several years to design the perfect building and gather funds to erect such a masterpiece. Construction started in 1912 and took until 1916 to complete. Over the years the building has seen renovations and modernization of certain amenities. Most notably, in 2004, the Utah State Capitol Building underwent a $260 million dollar renovation to make needed repairs. During this renovation, repairs to the foundation were made that allows the building to endure up to a 7.3 magnitude earthquake!
How to Visit
The Utah State Capitol is located at 350 State Street in downtown Salt Lake City. To learn more about the building or tours, be sure to visit the official website here.
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