The Utah State Capitol is a must-see, both inside and out. The Capitol was designed by local Salt Lake City architect Richard K. A. Kletting, and was completed in 1916. Some local newspapers compared Kletting’s early designs to Greece’s Parthenon. The building was designed with countless Corinthian and Ionic columns that line the interior and exterior of the building.The end result was highly inspired by classical Grecian and Roman architecture. The symmetry, scale, and placement of the building makes a dynamic impression.
The exterior of The Capitol is Quartz Monzonite (otherwise known as Utah granite), which was mined from Little Cottonwood Canyon. This granite is the same material that was used to construct the Salt Lake Temple (completed in 1893), and the LDS Conference Center (completed in 2000). The interior of The Capitol contains beautiful marble floors, columns, arches, and grand staircases, and is decorated with paintings, sculptures, and murals that depict Utah’s history and heritage.
The grounds feature a reflecting pool, several monuments and memorials, as well as panoramic views of the city and valley. During the summer, The Capitol hosts Movies Under The Stars. Thousands of people gather on the lawn with picnic baskets and blankets to enjoy an opening band and a movie, which is screened at dusk.
Capitol Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-8pm | Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 8am-6pm.
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