Built 1891-1894 of Kyune Sandstone, the Salt Lake City and County Building served as Utah’s State Capitol Building from the time Utah became a state in 1896 until the new Capitol Building was built in 1915.
The Salt Lake City and County Building is one of Salt Lake City‘s most beloved landmarks. Completed in the 1894, the building is Utah ‘s finest example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Numerous detailed carvings, including Indian Chiefs, Spanish explorers, and the faces of the first Mormon women to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley decorate the building’s exterior. Columbia, a personification of the United States, crowns the clock tower. During the late 1980s, Salt Lake City undertook a major renovation of the building. It now sits on 440 base isolators which will allow the building to move as a whole during an earthquake. This seismic retrofit project received international attention for pioneering the use of base isolators in historic buildings.
The last trial held in this building, in 1978 was that of Ted Bundy, serial killer.