Salt Lake City and County Building

Salt Lake City and County Building Photo courtesy of Utah Historical Society

451 South State Street, Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake City and County Building is one of Salt Lake City's most beloved landmarks. Completed in 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.
  • Preservation Utah 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 in June, July and August. Tours start at noon.  Reservations are required. Please see the reservations section below to select your tour time. 
  • Outside of the summer schedule, private tours are available by appointment. Each private tour is $10 per person. Contact Laura Madsen 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.
  • Tours outside the summer schedule are $10 per person.

ADA Accomodations

  • Portions of this tour are not ADA accessible.