The Joseph Smith Memorial Building has a rich history. Previously named the Hotel Utah, construction on the building began in 1909. Two years later in 1911, The Hotel Utah opened for business.
During it's 76 years as a hotel, the Hotel Utah was internatinally known and recognized for its elegance and excellent service. It has hosted U.S. presidents, lawmakers, LDS Conference Attendees, skiers, and many others.
The building was built with a concrete and steel structure and is covered with white glazed terra cotta and brick. Many remodeling and addition projects have been completed over the years.
In 1987, the Hotel Utah was closed. In 1993, the building reopened as The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Temple Square Hospitality continues the Hotel Utah and Joseph Smith Memorial Building heritage of excellence by providing spectacular service and hospitality today.