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A Look Back: The Salt Lake City and County Building

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(Salt Lake Tribune Archives) The Salt Lake City and County Building on 400 S. State St. The building was originally constructed by free masons between 1891 and 1894. Construction of the building was riddled with controversy. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the City and County Building was the symbol of non-Mormon citizens' open defiance of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was designed to rival the Salt Lake Temple as the city's architectural centerpiece. It is even thought that the building's clock tower and statues were designed to mimic the temple's spires and statue of the angel Moroni.

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published May 17 2013 06:19AM
Updated May 23, 2013 07:22PM

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. The Salt Lake City and County building was built by Freemasons between 1891 and 1894. Construction of the building was riddled with controversy. It was the symbol of non-Mormon citizens’ open defiance of the LDS Church. It was designed to rival the Salt Lake Temple as the city’s architectural centerpiece.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback.

Here are some of the previous installments:

Life on the Ute Reservation in early the 1900s

Women’s fashion in the 1960s

Dogs in Utah around 1900

Utah’s early cultural diversity

Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of ‘47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City

Saltair

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel

Historical buildings in Salt Lake City

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