Church Office Building, Salt Lake City

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The Church Office Building is a 28-story building in Salt Lake City, Utah, which houses the administrative support staff for the lay ministry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) throughout the world.
The building is 420 ft (128 m) tall at roof level and is located within the Temple Square complex on the corner of North Temple and State Street.
The building was designed by George Cannon Young at a cost of US$31 million to build. Construction took place from 1962 to 1972. Upon its completion, LDS Church leadership centralized the offices of the church in this location, which has facilitated the direction of the expanding religious organization. Work performed within the building includes the production of church-related magazines, translation of church materials into numerous languages, regulation of missionary efforts, production of church films, and matters relating to the construction of temples, and more.
The lobby of the building is dominated by a massive mural depicting the Great Commission. The lobby also features a statue honoring Mormon pioneer sacrifices, which depicts a husband and wife burying an infant child. The inscription reads, "That the struggles, sacrifices and the sufferings of the faithful pioneers and the cause they represented shall never be forgotten."
The first four floors of the building expand outward, to the west and east, to form wings. The north side of each of these wings are without windows, each having stone facades, with large ovals containing relief maps of the two hemispheres of the earth. On the tower itself, the southern, western, and eastern facades all feature a closely spaced vertical pinstripe pattern of cast quartzite columns flanking the narrow windows, visually reminiscent of the former World Trade Center in New York City, a contemporary structure. The building's northern facade is marked by a narrow blank wall in the center, indicating the building's elevator and service core, with the regular pinstripe pattern on either side. This central part of the tower rises two floors above the observation deck at the 26th floor, and protrudes outward slightly on the southern side.
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  • You can't miss this skyscraper office building in the center of Salt Lake City and its 28 floor above ground. There is an observation deck on the 26th floor for city viewing. It was built back in 1972...  more »
  • The building is nice and the guides are terrific. They give you some great info about the LDS beliefs and building. However, admittedly, the view from the 26th floor at the end of the tour was my favo...  more »
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  • Isn't it an impressive building? The surroundings are astonishing. Go and check out. They offer historical and religious tours for free. It's worth a try
  • Love the rest of the church campus. However, the church office building is a garish, 70's era building that detracts from the sacred beauty of the Temple. However, that said, it is a must visit. The observation deck on the 26th floor offers tremendous views of the valley and city, and the Temple. The lobby mural of the Saviour at Jerusalem spans the entire wall of the East side. The missionaries who will take you to the observation deck are amazing nice, pleasant and helpful.

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