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Central downtown Salt Lake City as viewed from the north facing south

Salt Lake City, Utah has many historic and notable sites within its immediate borders/ Although the entire Salt Lake City metropolitan area is often referred to as "Salt Lake City", this article is concerned only with the buildings and sites within the official city limits of Salt Lake City.

Neighborhoods and Councils

Rose Park during the winter
See also: Salt Lake City, Utah - Neighborhoods
See also: List of Salt Lake City neighborhoods


Hogle zoo entrance
Hogle Zoo

Olympic Attractions

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Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park


Religious, particularly LDS buildings, are prominent in Salt Lake City.

Settled by Brigham Young and 147 other pioneers on July 24, these Latter-day Saints were fleeing persecution after the death of Joseph Smith. Young originally intended the city and territory to be a religious theocracy. Although the government has long been secular, and even though less than 50% of residents in Salt Lake City are LDS, the city has an unusual number of religious buildings. It is the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the largest single landowner in the city, the LDS Church also has been very influential throughout its history. The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Cathedral Of The Madeleine located on South Temple is one of the most beautiful in the nation and a significant landmark in the city.

Unless noted, all of these buildings are in or around Downtown Salt Lake City.


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Church Office Building

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)

  • 19th Ward Chapel - Old and unusual LDS ward house on Capitol Hill featuring an onion dome steeple, now home of the small, professional Salt Lake Acting Company.
  • Beehive House - another of Brigham Young's historic homes, next door.
  • Garden Park Ward - stately LDS ward house surrounded by beautiful gardens and duck pond with stream formed from the Red Butte Creek. A popular location for wedding photography in the Gilmer Park area of the city
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building - formerly the elegant Hotel Utah.
  • LDS Church Office Building - skyscraper and world headquarters of the LDS Church
  • Lion House - Brigham Young's home and death place.
  • Salt Lake Assembly Hall - another historic building on Temple Square.
  • Salt Lake Conference Center - spacious new meeting hall that replaced the Tabernacle.
  • Salt Lake Tabernacle - innovative domed pioneer-era meeting hall on Temple Square. Lent its name to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • Salt Lake Temple - possibly the most significant building in Mormonism, on Temple Square.

Other Faiths


Utah State Capitol Building
Utah State Capitol
  • Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse - federal courthouse (UA Government)
  • U.S. Courthouse for the District of Utah (opened 2014; 351 South West Temple Street) - federal courthouse (UA Government)
  • Salt Lake City and County Building (opened 1894; 451 South State Street) - historic seat of Salt Lake City government. (Salt Lake City and County Government)
  • Salt Lake City Council Hall (opened 1866; 300 North State Street) - old city hall, on Capitol Hill (Salt Lake City Government)
  • Scott M. Matheson Courthouse (opened 1996; 450 South State Street) - houses Utah Supreme Court; Utah Court of Appeals, Utah State Law Library (Utah State Government)
  • Utah Governor's Mansion (also known as the Thomas Kearns Home) (built 1900; 603 East South Temple Street) - governor's mansion, on South Temple at the foot of the Avenues. (Utah State Government)
  • Utah State Capitol (completed 1916, renovated 2004-08; 350 North State Street) - on Capitol Hill, modeled after the nation's Capitol. (Utah State Government)
  • Abravanel Hall- Performing Arts hall (Salt Lake County Government)
  • Marriott Library- Library at University of Utah (Utah State Government)
  • Kingsbury Hall- Performing arts center at The University of Utah (Utah State Government)
  • Park Building - administrative and iconic building of the University of Utah. (Utah State Government)
  • Salt Lake City Public Library - large new Main City Library designed by Moshe Safdie. (Salt Lake City Government)
  • Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre - large proscenium theatre, home of the regional Pioneer Theatre Company; on the campus of the University of Utah. (Utah State Government)
  • The Leonardo - former library building, now an arts center. (Utah State Government)
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts - museum at the University of Utah specializing in Mountain West artwork. (Utah State Government)
  • Utah Museum of Natural History (Utah State Government)
  • Jon M. Huntsman Center - main indoor arena at the University of Utah (Utah State Government)
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium - football stadium for the University of Utah; site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics; also the former home to the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake (Utah State Government)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport - west of Rose Park, but only 5 miles from Downtown (Salt Lake City Government)
  • Salt Palace - large convention center (Salt Lake City Government)
  • International Peace Gardens - founded after World War II to promote peace. Located in Glendale. (UA Government)
  • Liberty Park - public park featuring an aviary and other attractions. (Utah State Government)
  • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum - located in the foothills of Salt Lake City, has many exhibits and holds concerts in the summer. (Utah State Government)
  • Salt Lake City Cemetery - Largest cemetery in Utah (Salt Lake City Government)
  • Sugar House Park - site of the first state prison See Utah State Prison history. (Salt Lake City Government)
  • University of Utah - campus on east side of the city. (Utah State Government)


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Abravanel Hall
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The interior of the Salt Lake City Public Library


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One Utah Center
Salt Lake City D&RGW station
Rio Grande Depot
  • 222 South Main - Utah's first LEED certified high-rise.
  • City Creek Center - shopping, dining, and residential complex along Main Street just south of Temple Square. Replaced Crossroads Mall and ZCMI Mall.
  • Deseret News Building - former home of the daily Deseret News
  • EnergySolutions Arena (formerly the Delta Center) - home of the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team
  • First Security Building - 1950s international style skyscraper
  • The Gateway - pedestrian mall
  • Jon M. Huntsman Center - main indoor arena at the University of Utah
  • Kearns Building - built by mining magnate and U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns. For years it was considered the center of business in Salt Lake City
  • One Utah Center - twenty-four story granite-clad skyscraper
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium - football stadium for the University of Utah; site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics; also the former home to the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake
  • Rio Grande Depot - historic railroad station, originally built by Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1910 and also used by the Western Pacific Railroad, and Amtrak between 1986 and 1999. Today the headquarters of the Utah State Historical Society.
  • Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot - another historic railroad station, originally named the Union Station, built jointly by the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake and the Oregon Short Line Railroads.
  • Salt Lake City International Airport - west of Rose Park, but only 5 miles from Downtown
  • Salt Lake Regional Medical Center - hospital built around Sisters of the Holy Cross Chapel, originally Holy Cross Hospital
  • Salt Palace - large convention center
  • Tribune Building - Main Street (across from Kearns Building) named for The Salt Lake Tribune which had long inhabited it
  • Walker Center - skyscraper built in 1912
  • Wells Fargo Center - tallest skyscraper in Salt Lake City, built in 1998
  • ZCMI Center Mall - A former downtown mall with fa├žade of old ZCMI department store


  • Alfred McCune Home - lavish turn-of-the-century Capitol Hill mansion.
  • David Keith Mansion - partner of Thomas Kearns in the Silver King Coalition Mine.
  • George M. Cannon House - 1890 mansion in the Forest Dale section built by George Mousley Cannon, the developer of Forest Dale and a member of the Intermountain West's prominent Cannon family.
  • Thomas Kearns Mansion- built by mining magnate and U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns. Now the Utah State Governor's Mansion, the largest in the United States.
  • Woodruff-Riter-Stewart Home - another Capitol Hill mansion.


First condominium in the United States


This Is The Place Heritage Park
"This is the Place" monument
  • Brigham Young Monument - monument south of the Main Street Plaza to Brigham Young and the original 147 pioneers.
  • Eagle Gate - gate remnant to the original city wall.
  • Seagull Monument - LDS monument celebrating the Miracle of the Gulls.
  • This Is The Place Monument - Monument high in the east near Hogle Zoo commemorating Brigham Young's words when entering the valley: "This is the right place, drive on."


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A FrontRunner diesel train
  • FrontRunner - UTA commuter rail system that runs the entire length of Salt Lake County, extending north through Davis County to Pleasant View on the northern edge of Weber County and south to Provo in the center of Utah County, on a route roughly paralleling Interstate 15. FrontRunner has two stops within Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Central (Salt Lake Intermodal Hub) and North Temple.
  • TRAX - Utah Transit Authority (UTA) light rail system running nearly the entire length of Salt Lake County. The north-south line begins at the Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub (Salt Lake Central) in the western part of Downtown Salt Lake City and runs south to the center of Draper. There are also lines that run east to the University of Utah, west to the Salt Lake City International Airport, west to West Valley City, and southwest to South Jordan. There are currently 23 TRAX Stations within the limits of Salt Lake City proper.
    • 900 East & 400 South, 900 South, 1940 W North Temple, Airport, Arena, Ballpark, Central Pointe, City Center, Courthouse, Fairpark, Fort Douglas, Gallivan Plaza, Jackson/Euclid, Library, North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe, Old GreekTown, Planetarium, Power, Stadium, Temple Square, Trolley, University Medical Center, University South Campus
  • S Line - UTA operated streetcar (formerly known as Sugar House Streetcar) opened for service in December 2013 and connects the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City with the city of South Salt Lake, as well as the TRAX system. Phase I of Sugar House Streetcar has 3 stops within Salt Lake City, but Phase II (all of which will be in Salt Lake City) has a yet to be determined route and number of stops.
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