Where Gumbo Was #7.0: Salt Lake City, Utah

Exterior view of Salt Lake City State Capitol
Salt Lake City State Capitol 2

As was quickly recognized by WorkerBee, Gumbo was visiting the State of Utah Capitol Building, situated in northern Salt Lake City.  Situated on 40 acres, the complex offers nice views of downtown Salt Lake City and its Mormon Temple complex, and beyond the desert and mountains.  The building is in a Neoclassical Corinthian style and was constructed between 1912 and 1916.  The exterior is constructed of Utah granite, as is the Salt Lake Temple and LDS Conference Center.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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Salt Lake City State Capitol 5 Seagulls painted on the dome

Inside, the Capitol is divided into two wings, with the Supreme Court on the east end and the House of Representatives on the west.  In the center is a 165-foot tall rotunda. The domed ceiling of the rotunda is painted with clouds and seagulls, the state bird.

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(Statue of Brigham Young, Utah Capital Building)

Salt Lake City State Capitol 6. State seal

(Utah's state emblem, the beehive)


Two main governing bodies in the state are the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah Senate.  They meet annually for a 45 day session.   Guided tours of the Capitol are given on the hour Monday through Friday.  The building itself is open daily to the public.

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(Views from the State Capital grounds)

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