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City and County Building

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Romanesque red-sandstone, castle-like seat of city government was the city's tallest building from its 1894 opening to 1973. Situated on Washington Square, at the spot where the original Mormon settlers circled their wagons on their first night in the Salt Lake Valley. this building served as the capitol for 19 years until the current capitol could be built. Hundreds of trees, including species from around the world, and many winding paths and seating areas make the grounds a calm downtown oasis. In summer the grounds host major Salt Lake arts and music festivals. Tours are given on Tuesday through the Utah Heritage Foundation.

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    Ornate building well worth a look inside and out. Has a series of display cases with ceremonial gifts given to the state governors by visiting dignitaries. The surrounding grounds are pleasantly leafy.

    by bachslunch, 10/13/08

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