The Hotel_Utah closed in 1987... but it was bought and preserved for the city by
the LDS church which now uses parts of it for offices, but much of the common
areas of the building have been preserved and kept open to the Public (something
I much appreciate). If the LDS Church had not found a use for it and purchased
it... it would have been demolished and we would have a more modern and
economically efficient building occupying that important corner in SLC.I was sitting in the building a few weeks ago, escaping the cold between a
wedding and the wedding_breakfast to be held in the JSM Building. As a
connoisseur of architecture as art... It was nice to be able to sit in the room
and look at the stained_glass_windows and the antique_chandeliers and the
beautiful columns and ornate wood carvings while welcoming and comforting music
was provided by a volunteer pianist.I'm glad the Hotel_Utah_Building
was preserved. Even if the trade-off was that part of it had to be used for
business purposes to do it. It's still open to the public and is a
should_not_miss for any visitor to SLC.
I saw "Legacy" a zillion times, and while I have yet to see the new
JSM movie there (guess it's not "new" anymore, but it will be to me
when I finally get to see it), one thing I always enjoyed was the whiff of pool
chlorine as you're making your way to the theater.
SLC gal | 12:01 p.m.What whiff of pool clorine? I've never noticed
it? Is there some abominable secret lurking in the MSM Building only you know
2 bits - I swear it's there. I've smelled it. Many times. I can't remember
exactly which hallway but that's what's so great about it is there's no pool,
but you can smell it.
I have a hunch the photo shows Gen. Pershing of WWI fame. Interesting story.
In 1971 we had our wedding breakfast there, and in 2000, our son and bride had
his in the same room. A beautiful place for families to create cherished
memories. So grateful that the LDS church did such a beautiful job restoring it,
and keeping it available for visitors and future generations.
April Conference 1963 I was in the Hotel Utah between sessions. The San
Francisco Giants were playing a spring baseball game in SLC that day. Imagine my
geat surprise as I met, in the lobby, Willie Mays, Willie Mc Covey and Orlando
Cepeda. Willie Mays was my hero and he was very gracious and spent time talking
to me, an 18 year old kid. What a memory.
The Church is First Class. Anything is done with such care and is an example of
our culture, always. We balance that with much humanitarian service and sending
aid to those who need basics, for hygiene, school kits for children who need
them, or a nice soft quilt in times of disasters, etc. We are doing our
missionary work in so many subtle ways if you think about it. The
Joseph Smith Building honors our beloved Prophet whom it is names after. That
was the best decision made when it was named. I love it when going up to the
top floor and looking to the west and see the Salt Lake Temple next to it with
its six spires and beauty of the Temple Square. How can anyone see any of what
is there and not be moved or touched by its miraculous history and beauty.Temple Square this time of year is the best with all the Spring flowers
and the hard work ethic that is demonstrated on the grounds care. Enjoy!