Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City

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Originally the Hotel Utah, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building was later named in honor of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. It is located on the corner of Main Street and South Temple in Salt Lake City. It is now a social center with three restaurants: The Roof Restaurant, The Garden Restaurant and The Nauvoo Cafe. It is also a venue for events complete with 13 banquet rooms, catering services, event coordinators and a full-service floral department - Flowers Squared. Several levels of the building also serve as administrative offices for LDS Church departments such as FamilySearch. On January 3, 1978, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Hotel Utah.
The corner of Main Street and South Temple has long been important in Utah history. Prior to construction of the Hotel Utah in 1909-11, the general tithing office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), a bishop's storehouse, and the Deseret News printing plant all were located on the site.
Work on the Second Renaissance Revival style hotel, designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Parkinson and Bergstrom, began in June 1909. Two years later, on June 9, 1911, the Hotel Utah opened for business. While the LDS Church was the primary stockholder, many Mormon and non-Mormon community and business leaders also purchased stock in the effort to provide the city with a first-class hotel.
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  • The downstairs cafe and the upstairs restaurants are well worth a visit. On our first night we arrived just at closing time at the restaurant on the top not on the roof. The staff still served us and ...  more »
  • When you visit, be sure to go to the mezzanine level and peek into the chapel. It is so beautiful. The views from the top are amazing  more »
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  • Took my wife to the roof restaurant for our anniversary and it never disappoints! There's another restaurant across from it. There's rooms available to rent for parties and lots of rich history in the building from the early forefathers who built Utah from the ground up. There's also a family history center named Family tree I believe where you can check on family genealogy. Plenty of people there to help you get information about the Joseph Smith Memorial building!
  • I have loved this building since I first saw in in 1980 - wandering through it and enjoying the history is always a nice time ... going up stairs for dinner with a view at the Roof - always a treat. Being there at Christmas time - and enjoying the lights - is a touch of heaven. BUT - my favorite thing ... The Giving Machines - You have to go there at Christmas time to understand ... If you have the time ... DO so!!

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