Utah State Capitol
The Utah State Capitol is located on Capitol Hill, overlooking downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the home of the Utah State Legislature, the Governor of Utah, Lieutenant Governor of Utah, the Utah Attorney General, the Utah State Treasurer, and the Utah State Auditor. Construction on the capitol began on December 26, 1912 and was dedicated on October 9, 1916. The building is 404 feet (123 m) long, 240 feet (73 m) wide, and is capped by a dome that reaches 286 feet (87 m). The quartz monzonite used was quarried in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the dome is covered in copper mined in Utah. The original construction cost was $2,739,538.00 and replacement cost is estimated at $310,000,000. In 2004 the capitol closed for an extensive restoration and seismic upgrade. The innovative restoration and upgrade was the first of its kind on such a large scale. The final cost was $260,000,000 which did not include the construction of two additional legislative office buildings alongside the capitol (each costing $37,000,000). The capitol was rededicated on January 4, 2008, and was opened to the public the next day. Funds dedicated to the capitol complex make it the costliest state capitol complex in the United States. The building is the centerpiece of a 40-acre (160,000 m 2) plot which also includes a Vietnam War memorial and a monument dedicated to the Mormon Battalion. The renovations added a new plaza, a reflecting pool, and two office buildings, as well as underground parking. The grounds feature plants, shrubs, and trees native to Utah, as well as stunning views of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front. The interior has four floors plus a former basement level which now hold base isolators meant to make the building more resistant to earthquakes. The capitol is decorated with many paintings and sculptues of Utah's history and heritage, including statues of Brigham Young, first territorial governor, and Philo T. Farnsworth, Utah native and inventor of television. The floors are made of marble from Georgia. Twenty-four Ionic columns line the central hall connecting the two wings on either side of the dome, each of which weighs about 25,000 lb (11,000 kg). A chandelier weighing 6,000 lb (2,700 kg) hangs from the rotunda of the central dome. The chain supporting it weighs an additional 7,000 lb (3,200 kg). Utah Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore was the territory's first capitol building, although it was only used for that purpose for one year. Starting in 1866 the Salt Lake City Council Hall was the meeting place for the Utah Territorial legislature. When statehood was granted in 1896 until the present Utah State Capitol was completed, the Salt Lake City and County Building served as the state's first capitol building. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is included in the Capitol Hill Historic District, a historic district also listed on the National Register. The building was renovated during 2004-2008.

In film
In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde the Utah State Capitol was used for exterior and interior shots of the U.S. Capitol.

Utah State Capitol Mall looking west. Utah State Capitol Mall looking east. Video of panorama view from the steps of the Capitol. The Capitol seen from the south, with State Street.

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