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Joseph Smith Memorial Building – Things to do in Salt Lake City

Once known as the Hotel Utah, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an ornate building worthy of a place on your list of fun things to do in Salt Lake City. The Hotel Utah opened for business on June 9, 1911, as one of the finest hotels west of the Mississippi Rive. Its underground parking facility, built in the 1940s, was the first of its kind in the nation. U.S. Presidents and world dignitaries stayed there when passing through Utah. In 1987 the Hotel Utah closed as the Mormon Church renovated the building, reopening in 1993 and repurposed for reception and office space. Today the Joseph Smith Memorial Building includes three restaurants, a genealogy research center, a large theater, and a chapel. Walk through the main doors and the lobby will take you back to the days of the luxurious Hotel Utah, complete with a large chandelier. Join us on the Salt Lake City Tour or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tour. Reserve your seats on the sightseeing tour bus online at

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