Just over 100 years ago, and 20 years after gaining statehood, Utah gained a completed structure which would further symbolize that completion: a state capitol building. Perched on a hill just above the downtown core at the northern end of State Street, the Capitol is an iconic part of the Salt Lake City skyline, and it’s one of the reasons why we love our home.
While the original structure has grown to include additional new buildings which make up the Capitol Complex, the original building is what most people see when they look across the Wasatch Front skyline or fly into Salt Lake City. At nearly 300 feet tall at its highest point, the neoclassical revival structure is a grand facility without being overwrought.
The tourist entrance to the Capitol is to scale all of the steps on the south side of the building and enter through the large traditional doors. These lead straight into the main foyer and rotunda of the building. The dome and the ceiling have intricate artwork depicting the Pioneer settlement, coupled with a central halo of lights to light up the area.
The Capitol Rotunda is several stories tall, and the main floor is flanked by two sets of staircases that lead up to the offices and chambers of the members of the Utah Legislature. While some of the configurations have changed, the traditional placements have remained much the same. One of the largest is the relocation of the Utah Supreme Court to the Matheson Courthouse near downtown, so the remaining chambers are no longer in regular use.
One of the most notable rooms in the Capitol is the Gold Room. Most of the building has a relatively spare but still classy feel to it. The Gold Room, though, is opulent from bottom to top. Its sliding doors, big windows, thick drapes, and the extensive use of gold leaf trim. Otherwise known as the state reception room, it is used for visiting dignitaries and other very special occasions, such as presentations of posthumous Purple Heart medals. Fittingly, it is the neighboring room to the Governor’s office.
The Capitol isn’t just the seat of the state government of Utah, however. With its architecture and layout, the building has been used in film and photography repeatedly. It’s a major tourist stop for the companies which come to visit the city. It’s also a highly sought-after destination for high school prom dances and weddings, with the sprawling grounds, fun architecture and detailing, and an amazing view of the Salt Lake valley day or night.
At VIP Limousine, the State Capitol is without question one of our favorite venues for photography and events. It’s an iconic spot where our clients make some of their best memories for life. If you have something special happening up there, be sure to give us a call.