Salt Lake City is all but done with nearly $8.5 million in renovations and improvements to downtown’s venerable City-County Building.
On Wednesday, Mayor Jackie Biskupski climbed a 50-foot boom lift to help with setting a final exterior carving on the 124-year-old structure, which now serves as Salt Lake City Hall, at 451 S. State St.
The last stone, placed on the building’s south side, was carved in the likeness of the renovation project’s master stonemason, Jeff Eakle.
Four years ago, city officials set aside cash for extensive seismic improvements to the grotesque- and gargoyle-covered building, as well as repair, resetting and replacement of some of its exterior Kyune sandstone.
Work by Big-D Construction began two years ago — and was completed a year earlier than expected.
Biskupski and other city officials plan to declare June 29 “Salt Lake City and County Building Day,” to be marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tours of the exterior of the building.