Salt Lake City County Building

As the name implies, both Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County government offices are housed in this beautiful building.  I spent almost an hour and a half on an early Saturday morning walking around the building taking photos…a very pleasurable experience…not many people on the street, hardly anyone on the grounds…nice and cool with a pretty morning sun finally lighting the east side of the building.  It is located in downtown Salt Lake City on what is referred to as Washington Square, right on State Street, across from a courthouse and down the street from the Utah State Capitol.  This particular square was first used as temporary camping grounds for the newly arriving Mormon pioneers and later served as a meeting place for fairs, cattle-drives, hay-sales, and other public events.

If I remember correctly, the building was constructed over a period of three to four years back in the 1890’s and served as the state capitol for a period in the early 1900’s.  This rather gothic-looking seat of government is surrounded by beautiful trees, statuary, and fountains, as well as benches and park tables that are frequent resting places for down-town folks on their lunch-hours and some of the inner-city street denizens.  In addition, the 2011 Salt Lake City Gay Pride festivities were held/celebrated on the building’s grounds, an open testimony, despite the influence of the powerful Mormon church, of the city’s acceptance of our LGBT community.

57 responses

  1. Interesting history and beautiful picture.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:55 am

    • Thank you, Ginny. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

  2. Wow, it almost looks like a church. Quite a building!

    May 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

    • It certainly does, Allen…a remarkable structure, actually. I visited the place again yesterday and was still in awe of it. Beautiful. Thank you. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

  3. Great post… Gorgeous image!

    May 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

    • Thank you, Robyn. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

  4. That really is a fine example of neo-gothic architecture. Smashing photograph Scott. It really is a very imposing building.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…quite a wonderful building. There are two churches from the same period down the street a few blocks and they both have a similar style.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  5. Very nice composition and color treatment. I suits the building.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

  6. It looks almost Harry Potter-esque, or maybe Gothic would be a better description. Great photo – I like the way you have framed the building with the trees.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

    • It does rather resemble something from Harry Potter, Adrian. 🙂 And thank you…had to kind of scrunch down and move around a bit to get the branches to frame it like that.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  7. I love these old mansions built at the turn of the century. Maymont mansion was being built at the same time in RIchmond, Va., although it was a private residence at the time.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

  8. Impressive building. Gothic, and reminiscent of a French Chateau

    May 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • It is very impressive, Andy…catches my eye every morning heading into the office at work.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

  9. Wow, beautiful editing!

    May 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    • Thank you, Yvonne. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  10. Beautiful. If I hadn’t known it was in SLC, I would have guessed someplace in England 🙂

    May 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • Thank you, Erica…it does look like it doesn’t really belong here in our downtown, amidst other vastly more modern buildings.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  11. I remember driving by the building. It’s huge. You did an amazing job of conveying the grandeur and the scale. Is that Moroni on the top? He seems to pop up a lot? The lighting is really cool, too. I may have to pry out your secret some day. 😉

    May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…and that might be Moroni up there…seems people around here think he’s pretty special…but I’m not sure. I haven’t read enough about the building to be familiar with who all the statues and gargoyle-type faces are or represent. I did notice, however, that the woman holding the scales of justice on one of the other spires is not blindfolded…. 😦

      May 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      • Your last observation had me laughing out loud. Sounds about right…. and the church authorities probably have their thumbs on the scales.. 😉

        May 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        • Right there with you, Miss Gunta! 🙂

          May 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  12. breath-taking old building!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • I agree…and thank you, Marviiilous. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  13. That is an amazing building. I love old buildings like this. I am in awe of them, one because it astounds me how they were built, considering they had none of todays technologies, and 2 because I know that buildings like this will never be built again. I love the way you have photographed it as well.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    • It is amazing, Leanne, for both of the reasons you mentioned…we’ll probably never see something built like this again. And thank you for your nice words, too. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  14. victoriaaphotography

    Beautiful composition and building.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  15. Very nice building ,very nice foto.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • Thank you, Franco. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  16. Elisa

    It’s an imposing building, but really very whimsical with all the turrets, towers and stonework detail. It’s perfectly framed by the trees. I can envision you scrunching!


    May 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    • Thank you, Elisa, for your nice comment…hmm…even the scrunching part. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      • Elisa

        It’s funny how we scrunch, lay down on ground or almost get run over to catch the perfect shot!

        May 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        • Yes, it is…I was full-body lying in a field of dandelions a couple weeks ago trying to get the “perfect” shot…almost an hour and close to 80-some shots later…I had two that I really liked. 🙂

          May 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

          • Elisa

            All worth it! Although I’m not a photographer….I just get excited about taking pictures. You all inspire me to learn the craft. Have a great night!

            May 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

          • Yes, it is all worth the effort, Elisa…and how nice that taking photos excites you. I’m no photographer, my any means…I’m just picking up tips and having fun myself. Good night/morning to you, too. 🙂

            May 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

  17. Beautiful photo, I especially love how carefully it’s framed by the trees.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

    • Thank you, Robert…had to work at it a bit, but it seems to have turned-out well. 🙂

      May 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

  18. Beautful photo. very atmospheric – ethereal …

    May 10, 2012 at 1:26 am

    • Thank you, Dreams and Zeros…I like those words…atmospheric and ethereal. 🙂

      May 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

  19. A lovely building, nice color and a lovely capture too.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:49 am

    • Thank you, Pattu. 🙂

      May 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

  20. Nut Balls

    That really is an incredible picture you took. It’s nice to live in a place that has some history 🙂

    May 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    • Thank you, Nate…and it is rather nice to live here…with its mountains and canyons and trees and rivers and streams…and its history, too, yes. 🙂

      May 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  21. That’s an interesting piece of architecture Scott. I don’t think of buildings in the US looking like that, it would be quite at home in Brussels or Paris. Nice photograph too, it’s really well composed and framed.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    • I found it interesting, too, Finn…and definitely looking more “European” than “American.” Thank you for your nice words about the photo. 🙂

      May 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  22. What a great shot! I love the framing the trees give to the image. 🙂

    May 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    • Thank you, Eve. 🙂

      May 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  23. A very beautiful image Scott. Super composition and tones. Stunning architecture.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • Thank you, Meanderer…very nice words. 🙂

      May 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  24. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the way you have framed the shot and the colours are brilliant!

    May 12, 2012 at 6:28 am

    • Thank you, Madhu…very nice words. 🙂

      May 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

  25. Beautiful photograph. Just wanted to add that this is not a statue of Angel Moroni. This building was designed to have turrets, spires, statues, etc to rival the Salt Lake Temple. In fact, the political group who proposed the building was Mormon-dominated. Also, it is actually common for Lady Justice to be depicted without a blindfold. In fact, that is how she is represented on Roman coins. There are old buildings across Europe and others in our country that have her without a blindfold.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    • Thank you for the info, SLI…I appreciate the insight into the local history here in SLC…and admire very much that you didn’t/don’t want to dot your I’s…but if you must, that you will lightly tether them so they don’t blow away…what a mind. Thanks again…for the info, yes, but for stopping-by, as well.

      April 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

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