Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Utah Trip: Utah State Capitol & Capitol Hill

After I arrived, I was in the rental car by 1 o'clock and on my way to downtown Salt Lake. It was about 90˚F and sunny.

First on the agenda was the Utah State Capitol and the surrounding area of Capitol Hill.

This statue commemorates the Mormon Battalion that served during the Mexican-American War.

The original White Memorial Chapel, across the street from the Capitol, is in the 18th ward and dates back to 1883. It was rebuilt in an LDS Gothic revival style and the chapel now holds non-denominational services.

The following description of the Chapel was taken from a sign.

The 18th Ward Chapel
The 18th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the original nineteen ecclesiastical wards of Salt Lake Valley, was organized Feb. 14, 1849. Early congregations consisted of families of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and Newell K. Whitney. Meetings were held in boweries, then Brigham Young's schoolhouse on East South Temple Street. In 1880 Don Carlos Yound deeded a lot on A Street and 2nd Avenue where the orignial chapel, of Gothic Revival style, was built (Obed Tayor, architect). It was dedicated Jan. 14, 1883 and demolisthed in 1973. This 18th Ward replica, dedicated June 27, 1980, remains a permanent example of early Utah Gothic architecture (Steven T. Baird, architect). The present site was acquired through an act of the Utah State Legislature in 1975. Original parts salvaged and used in this replica include: steeple, cornerstone, window frames, doors, benches, pulpit, and the stained glass window.

The Old City Hall building is now home to the Utah Office of Tourism and has a visitors information center with gift shop. There were uniquely painted bison on the sidewalk at each of the front corners of the building.

Down the hill and close to Temple Square is the Gibbs-Thomas-Hansen House circa 1895.

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