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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.HistoryThe 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.
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  • By the time I had already finished visiting Temple Square, I was tired. By the time I visited this building, I was too tired to fully investigate its treats. However, the short time that I was there, ...  more »
  • I was in the area and stopped in to see this beautiful building. It's a classic. At one time it was the Hotel Utah. Now, I am not sure what it is used for, but there are some offices and restaurants a...  more »
  • Very neat and clean, well preserved LDS culture. Beautiful architecture. Please take the assistance of staff for guided tour.  more »
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  • If you're ever in Salt Lake and you never been there didn't go there it's really cool. Also if you're hungry get an elevator go 10 floors up there to restaurants there I think one is called the roof and the other one the garden. It's best when you go there to get reservations that way they will hold the table for you. The view is out of this world.
  • Amazing! Historical building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Large, wood pillars that look like marble. Amazing chandeliers. Beautiful! Our tour guide was polite and personable. She also shared a lot of knowledge about the historical facts of the building. Looks like a great place to rent an events room for special occasions!
  • This building is so beautiful and amazing! I'm glad the L.D.S. church saved it. The views are great both day and night fro the 10th floor, it's a must if you are checking out the sights of downtown Salt Lake City. The restaurants are very good as well.
  • Lots of church and general history. Many interesting displays. Amazing restaurants
  • Historic Hotel Utah is now a beautiful building open to the public. 3 restaurants, amazing view from the 10th floor. Private reception rooms. Home to Family Search and LDS hosting.