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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday to the Hotel Utah!

The Hotel Utah, built from 1909-1911, was considered the grandest hotel west of the Mississippi River, and truly it was.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built the hotel in conformity to a revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, IL.  It reads,

Let my servant George, and my servant Lyman, and my servant John Snider, and others, build a house unto my name, such a one as my servant Joseph shall show unto them, upon the place which he shall show unto them also.  And it shall be for a house for boarding, a house that strangers may come from afar to lodge therein; therefore let it be a good house, worthy of all acceptation, that the weary traveler may find health and safety while he shall contemplate the word of the Lord; and the cornerstone I have appointed for Zion. (D&C 124:22-23)

The house built was the Nauvoo House.  When they Saints fled to the Great Basin, they felt they needed to comply with the revelation a second time, and thus came the Hotel Utah.  In this post, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building will be shown as it existed as the Hotel Utah.

  
Steel frame of the Hotel Utah in 1910, a year before completion




The Hotel Utah in 1911, when it opened.  Notice the trolley and the horse and buggy in the lower-right corner


The grandest Hotel west of the Mississippi.  The House of the Lord can be seen at left


The Beehive was placed atop the Hotel to symbolize industry, not only of the Latter-day Saints, but of Utah as a whole


A suite in the Hotel Utah.  Most suites had either a queen-sized bed or two double beds


The sitting area in one of the suites


The Lobby on 2 June 1967


The Deseret Store graced the site of where the Hotel Utah stands today.  The Spanish wall in twelve feet high

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