Great Place Wednesday: Utah State Capitol Building

Utah’s state capitol building is a massive neo-classical building situated on the top of Capitol Hill, overlooking downtown Salt Lake City, and the entire Salt Lake Valley. From a site planning perspective, this building is unmatched in its prominence in the city or the state.  Utah achieved statehood in 1896, and its state offices occupied what is now the “City and County Building” from 1896 – 1915.  The current capitol building was completed in 1916, designed by Richard Kletting, one of Utah’s most prominent architects.  While the architecture is far from groundbreaking, the siting of the building gives it prominence as one of the most important buildings in the state.

While the cupola gives it some weight as a building, the location of the building really makes the capitol grounds a Great Place.

View from Capitol Building towards the south and downtown Salt Lake City.Building detail, view into the foothills of the Wasatch Range.

Interior after 2008 renovation.

Interior after 2008 renovation.

View to the east from Capitol Hill.

Mormon Battalion Monument, Utah State Capitol Grounds.

Interior mural of Brigham Young’s entry into the Salt Lake Valley, 1847.