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Share Your Memories of the Hotel Utah/Joseph Smith Memorial Building

If you have ever been to Salt Lake City, chances are you have visited the elegant white building on the corner of Main Street and South Temple. First known as the Hotel Utah and now the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, this landmark will celebrate its 100th anniversary this June and now is your chance to share your memories of this grand old building.

The Hotel Utah opened on 9 June 1911 and served as a gathering place for national and international visitors alike for the next 76 years. Closed in 1987, it reopened in 1993 as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building after extensive redesign and renovation. Currently, the building welcomes the public to its three restaurants and multiple banquet rooms and provides office space for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As part of the building’s centennial celebration, the public is invited to go to the website and share memories—perhaps as a hotel guest, a former employee or a visitor to the famed Roof Restaurant. You can also share photos, whether it is of a high school dance, wedding reception or corporate event.

We hope you will help celebrate this important part of Salt Lake City history!

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