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Hotel Utah celebrates 100 years with new online photo collection

Published June 10, 2011 9:49 am
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Just in time for Thursday's 100th anniversary of the Hotel Utah, the J. Willard Marriott Library has made public and available online a 2,000-piece photograph and manuscript archive featuring the hotel. The archive is housed in the library's special collections department.

The archive, available http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/az_details.php?id=95, also can be viewed in special collections on the library's fourth floor. In addition to photographs, it includes menus, china patterns and numerous other documents.

The 10-story hotel at 15 E. South Temple took two years to build before it was christened on June 9, 1911, according to a news release. As many as 550 workers built the structure under the direction of the Parkinson and Bergstron architecture firm.

Granite and porcelain-glazed, pure-white terra cotta distinguish the hotel's exterior, which is also known for an ornate white dome in the shape of a beehive, Utah's symbol, according to the release.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the hotel, later converted it for church use and renamed it the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

A ribbon-cutting for an exhibit celebrating the hotel's history will begin at the building at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform.

Friday night, community leaders will speak at an invitation-only anniversary gala.






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