Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a true cultural landmark on Temple Square.

Stately but welcoming and full of interesting activities for the whole family, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is one of Temple Square's most popular destinations. It houses two restaurants, a genealogy research center, a theater, and several reception rooms. It is located at 15 East South Temple, in Salt Lake City.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was originally built in 1911 as the Utah Hotel. It stood as a world-class lodging facility for 76 years, welcoming travelers from all over the world to Salt Lake City. After careful renovation and remodeling, the building reopened in 1993 as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building with quite a different purpose. Today, visitors frequent the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to step back in time, to enjoy fine dining, to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to attend business and banquet functions.

One of the most luxurious reception and business centers in the American West, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is located in the very heart of the historical center of Salt Lake City, directly west of the Salt Lake Temple. The lobby features an art glass ceiling, massive marble pillars and grand staircase for which the edifice has long been famous. A large statue of Joseph Smith adorns the lobby, above which hangs a beautiful chandelier. Architectural details have made the building both a landmark in the community and an important contribution to the city's rich cultural fabric.

The Roof Restaurant at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

The restaurants in the building boast tremendous views of the Salt Lake Temple.

Two restaurants—The Garden, and The Roof—crown the 10th floor of the building. They offer a variety of cuisine. The Garden Restaurant offers an atmosphere as inviting as the menu. You dine in a casual, atrium-like setting with a glass ceiling that retracts for open-air dining and spectacular views of historic Temple Square. The Roof Restaurant features a gourmet dinner buffet with an equally delectable dessert display, and also offers fine views. The Roof Restaurant is open Monday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Garden Restaurant is open Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch, and then Monday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations at either restaurant can be made by calling (801) 539-1911.

A third dining option is the new Nauvoo Café, which is located on the street level of the building. It provides great food and gifts to go, with fast service take-out and limited seating with a great view of the Main Street Plaza and Temple Square. The Nauvoo Café is open Monday-Saturday from 8:00am to 8:00pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Another important and popular feature of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is the FamilySearch Center. This genealogical research area is well-suited to those with an interest in their family history but without a lot of research experience (Advanced genealogy researchers should consider visiting the Family History Library for a wider range of research tools.). Volunteers are on hand to guide visitors through the computer-based research process, and are happy to offer personal attention and answer any visitors' questions. The FamilySearch Center occupies part of the main floor and all of the fourth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The main floor has individual computer workstations, while on the fourth floor many of the computers are grouped together in partitioned areas to accommodate groups. The fourth floor area also has a collection of more than eight million paper records. Visitors are welcome to browse through the family group sheets and pedigree chats that make up this collection. The 1920 U.S. Census is also available on microfilm. Use of these facilities is free, and diskettes and computer printouts to record your findings are available for a nominal charge. Call the FamilySearch Center at (801) 240-4085 for more information.

Guests may also take a tour of the building, or view a film in the popular Legacy Theater. The film currently shown in the theater is called Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, and traces the life and teachings of Joseph Smith, who founded the Mormon Church in 1830 in New York and was killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois in 1844. The film, which is meant to be enjoyed by Mormons and non-Mormons alike, lasts about 70 minutes, and although admission is free, tickets are required. They can be obtained online at the film's web site or by calling (866) LDS-TIKS. Showings of this film start at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and run every hour and a half until the last showing at 9:00 p.m.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is made up of more than just history and magnificent architecture. It also offers eleven individually decorated banquet rooms, which can be rented for banquets, receptions, and business meetings, as well as six reception rooms which are also available for rent.

Building Tours are offered Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The FamilySearch Center is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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