State Capitol, Salt Lake City

State Capitol, Salt Lake City (must see)

The Utah State Capitol is the house of government for the U.S. state of Utah. The Neoclassical revival, Corinthian style building was designed by architect Richard K. A. Kletting, and built between 1912 and 1916. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Beginning in 2004 the capitol experienced a major restoration and renovation project. The project added two new buildings to the capitol complex, while restoring many of the capitol's public spaces to their original appearance. One of the largest projects during the renovation was the addition of a base isolation system which will allow the building to survive as much as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. After completion of the renovations, the building was rededicated and resumed normal operation in January 2008.

By 1909 no capitol had yet been constructed and Governor William Spry sent a proposal to the state legislature asking for the construction of a capitol. In 1910 the state constitution was amended to allow bonding for the capitol building,The Olmsted Brothers of Massachusetts were chosen to provide the landscaping design and site plan. In December 1911 a three-person committee was organized to consider other locations for a capitol building. It was decided to construct on the original 20 acres known as Capitol Hill.

The capitol's architect was inspired by Classical architecture. The building is 404 feet feet long, 240 feet wide, and the dome is 250 feet. The exterior is constructed of Utah granite. The building's interior has four floors plus a former basement level containing base isolators meant to make the building more resistant to earthquakes. The capitol is decorated with many paintings and sculptures of Utah's history and heritage.

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Sight Name: State Capitol
Sight Location: Salt Lake City, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Salt Lake City, Utah

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salt Lake City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City

Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City

In addition to Salt Lake City's historic and cultural landmarks, there are many attractions that will entertain and delight your children. Visit the city's museums, theaters and parks, and enjoy some family fun time. Take this tour to visit the best kid-friendly attractions in Salt Lake City!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has played a strong role in the history of Salt Lake City. The city is the headquarters of the church, and many prominent buildings and landmarks relate directly to the church. Take this tour to visit some of Salt Lake City's interesting historic sites.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Shopping Tour of Salt Lake City

Shopping Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has something to please every shopper. Here you can purchase antiques, wine, jewelry, art and much more! Take this tour to visit the best shops in Salt Lake City, and find yourself a fabulous souvenir.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Salt Lake City has a bounty of artistic and cultural landmarks and the city continues to add more every year. This tour will help you enjoy the modern architectural sights in downtown Salt Lake City, including some of the city's first skyscrapers.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a fun, vibrant nightlife. Visit one of the many popular clubs or bars in Salt Lake City famous for quality music, cold beer and a friendly atmosphere. Take this tour to enjoy a memorable night on the town!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City

Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a rich and storied history, which is reflected in its cultural institutions and landmarks. The city attracts many tourists with its historic buildings, modern art and architecture. The following tour will guide you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles