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Salt Lake City in Utah, USA: pictures from the State Capitol Building and Salt Lake City and County Building.

Salt Lake City: Utah State Capitol Building
Salt Lake City in Utah, USA: the State Capitol Building.

This Corinthian style building is the seat of power for the state of Utah. Recently the capitol building has undergone a 4 year long renovation; which made it significantly more resilient to earthquake damage and restored the building to much of its original appearance.

The inside has soft lighting and a chandelier that is suspended from the top of the 87 m (285 ft) high dome. The marble floors and hand rails make it an exceptional place to visit. In the bottom floor, a small museum is present and features some of the most notable achievements by residents of Utah.

Salt Lake City and County Building
Salt Lake City in Utah, USA: The County Building.

The County Building was built in the late 1800's. Many people thought this building was the non-mormon answer to the Mormon temple a few blocks away. It stands over 61 m (200 ft) tall and is built in the Romanesque style from sandstone. The original building had 4 statues one for Justice, Commerce, Liberty and Columbia. After an earthquake in the 1930's, two of them were removed. 

The weak sandstone requires constant upgrades and repairs. The most extensive one was in 1989 in which the latest in earthquake absorption technologies were applied and the two missing statues were returned. During the winter olympics 2002, the entire city block the building sits on was turned into a concert venue.

Salt Lake City: State Building at night
Salt Lake City in Utah, USA: The State Building at Night.

The major north and south street in the Salt Lake area is called State Street. Even though, in some form, State Street runs from the north border of the state to the south border, the major section in Salt Lake Valley ends at the capitol building. For people driving north at night, the illuminated state building radiates its magnificence through the greater Salt Lake city.


 

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Salt Lake City in Utah, USA: pictures from the State Capitol Building and Salt Lake City and County Building. Selected pictures from Salt Lake City.