About Utah Capitol Building
Standing on a hill above downtown Salt Lake City, the Utah State Capitol Building commands a sweeping view of the Salt Lake Valley. The Great Salt Lake lies in the distance to the west, and the towering Wasatch Mountains flank the valley to the east. The gridwork of city streets stretch for miles in between, with the downtown skyscrapers in the foreground at the bottom of the hill. It can be seen from anywhere in the valley. State Street leads straight north from the south end of the valley to its front entrance.
The forty acre grounds are beautifully landscaped with lawns, gardens and monuments. The statehouse was built of local granite in the Renaissance Revival Style with a 286 foot-tall central dome and two wings, with a total length of 404 feet. It was designed by Richard Karl August Kletting, chosen from among 10 competitors. Construction was between 1912 and 1916.
The interior is finished in gray and white marble from Georgia. The central rotunda is 165 feet tall and the two wings are lined with Corinthian Columns and end with graceful stairways. Walkways on two upper levels overlook the main floor.
The citizens of Utah were anxious to have the Capitol Building built, as it was a symbol of the freedom they enjoyed -- and of the respect and responsibility accorded those selected to defend it.