One of the most memorable buildings in all of Salt Lake City, the Assembly Hall on Temple Square was built in a gothic style from 1877-1882 using mostly granite discarded from the temple building process. Like the neighboring Tabernacle, it has historically been used both for musical/artistic performances and religious meetings. Today the Assembly Hall is used primarily for free weekend concerts featuring local and international artists. If you happen to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening, be advised that the concerts are free and do not require tickets, although only those eight years of age and older are admitted.
The interior of the Assembly Hall has a more modern look than the exterior, and features a seating arrangement similar to that of the Tabernacle, as well as a 3,489-pipe organ at the front of the hall.
Directly east of the Assembly Hall stands the Seagull Monument, which commemorates the 1848 event in which a swarm of native seagulls consumed hordes of crickets which seriously threatened the crops of the pioneers' first spring season in Utah. These pioneers, who had been praying for divine intervention to save their crops, declared the occurrence a miracle, and built this monument in 1913.
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