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Salt Lake City and County Building

Published in Guided Tours

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The Salt Lake City and County Building is one of Salt Lake City's most beloved landmarks. Completed in the 1894, the building is Utah's finest example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Its rich history includes the Utah State Constitutional Convention, the trial of Joe Hill, and an infamous pumpkin. In the late 1980s, it became the first building in the world to be retrofitted with base isolators. During an earthquake, the building will gently float on 440 steel and rubber “slinkies.” Preservation Utah's one-hour guided tour of the City and County Building begins with the base isolators beneath the building and ends in the clock tower high above.

Tour Schedule and Information:


  • Tours are open to the general public.
  • Utah Heritage Foundation also offers free Educational Tours of the Salt Lake City and County Building designed for K-12 students.



  • Preservation Utah offers free fifty minute long tours every Monday of June, July and August. Tours start at noon and 1:00 PM.  No appointments or reservations are required, though we appreciate advance notice for groups larger than ten by calling (801) 533-0858 extension 107.
  • Outside of this schedule, tours are available, for $10 per person, by appointment only for groups of 10-25 people.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (801) 533-0858 extension 104 at least two weeks in advance to arrange your tour.

How much?

  • Summer tours are free and open to the public.
  • Preservation Utah also offers private tours outside the summer schedule.

Private Tours

  • Private tours, at times other than the regularlly scheduled summer tours, can be scheduled. Each private tour requires a $100.00 booking fee. Tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 to 20 people and each person is $10. If your group is larger than 20 people you will need to schedule more than one tour. Each tour requires its own booking fee.
  • Private tours are available on week days, during the daytime hours only. No evening tours.
    Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

  • Contact Laura Madsen (801) 533-0858 extension 104 to arrange your tour.