The Roof: Behind the Scenes with the Sous Chef

This week, we were able to sit down with Colby, the sous chef at The Roof. We talked about what drives him, what brought him to The Roof, and some of his favorite dishes he loves to enjoy while overlooking beautiful Temple Square.


So, tell us about yourself.

How’s it going? My name is Colby and I’m 26. I love soccer, video games, and of course, cooking. Go Real Salt Lake and the Jazz! I just got married about three months ago and moved here from St. George.

How long have you worked at the Roof?

About two and a half months and I love it. The head chef, Pedro, is a really nice guy, which is rare in the cooking world. The atmosphere at The Roof has been awesome and I have learned a lot already in my short time working there. Read more »

What’s Happening in Salt Lake City?

The bustling downtown streets of Salt Lake City are always filled with fun things to do, and many of them are free! Check out some of the things happening in the city this month.

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International Days 2014

Explore culture from all over the world this weekend! Tonight (Aug. 14) is the country spotlight show featuring modern and traditional dance from Indonesia. Tomorrow, Folklore Fun at the Veridian will include workshops and dance and music from all over the world. On Saturday, the Colors of the World Expo is a great place to take the kids for activities, kite flying, and one performance after another. Read more »

Hotel Utah Love Story

-Guest entry -

The Doorman and the Elevator Operator – Hotel Utah 1936

1936 doorman and elevator operator story - Hotel Utah

The year was 1934 and the Great Depression was in full swing.   Two young people, brother and sister, left their hometown in Gunnison, Utah to come to the big city of Salt Lake City to attend L.D.S. Business College.   Their names were Ernest Uhlan ( known as Rudy), and Carol Swalberg.

Rudy was a dapper young man with big plans and Carol was a lovely young woman with high hopes.   As a child she had developed polio, which left her crippled, and she was given a scholarship from the State Vocation Rehabilitation Department to receive schooling.   Carol completed her schooling and went to work and in 1936, to his great joy, Rudy was able to find employment as a doorman at the famous Hotel Utah.

At the same time, a beautiful young woman by the name of Margaret Janet Stahr, a native of Salt Lake City, also came to work at the Hotel Utah.   Her father had passed away in 1935 and she quit her studies at East High School to help her mother support their large family.   To her great joy, she was hired as an elevator operator at the prestigious Hotel Utah.   It took a while to learn how to control the lever that brought the elevator to a stop on the desired floor, but she soon learned to do the job with perfection.

The rest is “family” history, as it wasn’t long before Rudy noticed the beautiful new elevator operator and a wonderful romance began.  Rudy made sure he took many an elevator trip on a certain elevator manned by the beautiful Margaret Stahr,

Rudy worked at the Hotel Utah until 1939 and Margaret worked there until October 4, 1940 when the happy couple was married in the Lion House in Salt Lake City.  Thus began their life together and the beginning of our family.

Hotel Utah has always been a very special place for our family. Without this beautiful hotel, we wouldn’t have had the happy couple as our parents.  I was born July 9, 1942 and my sister was born October 28, 1943.

Through the years we have enjoyed going there and enjoying the Christmas spirit and decorations there.  When my wife and I were courting, we went to a dance in the Grand Ballroom and have attended family events and wedding breakfasts in this beautiful building.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our story.

Sincerely……………….Ernest David Swalberg

The Hotel Utah was the name and function of the current Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Church History Museum

In celebration of International Museum Day on May 18, we’re featuring the Church History Museum located across the street from Temple Square (45 North West Temple Street)!

The Church History Museum is celebrating 30 years (1984-2014) and hosts both permanent and temporary exhibits on special themes. The permanent exhibits are collections of documents, photographs, art, sculptures, furniture and clothing from the pioneers who migrated west, covering about 160 years of history of the LDS Church. Join us for a fun educational experience for the whole family!

Free entrance.


Temporary Exhibits:


Practicing Charity: Everyday Daughters of God

(February 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014)


Portraits of Childhood: Behold Your Little Ones

(Closing September 7, 2014)


A Good Turn Daily: 100 Years of Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood

(July 29, 2013 – September 10, 2014)


A Book of Mormon Fiesta: A Latin-American Celebration

(January 06, 2011 – October 05, 2014)


No Greater Love

(September 20, 2013 – September 01, 2014)



Plan Your Visit:


45 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat and Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


More Information:

Location, Parking and Public Transit

Museum Store

2014 Holiday Schedule

Tours and Public Programs

Online Exhibits

Free Garden Tours on Temple Square

The design of these gardens varies from formal French parterres to old-fashioned English cottage gardens like those you might find in front of Anne Hathaway’s cottage at Stratford.
There are giant Victorian flower baskets and other garden areas featuring drought-tolerant plants native to our western deserts.

Conference Center Rooftop Prairie
The four acres of prairie on the Conference Center roof are remodeled after an authentic native grassland, with wild grasses sharing space with hundreds of native flowers that bloom throughout the summer months. These water-thrifty plants and trees use about half the water required by conventional gardens.

Gardens on the Plaza
World-renowned gardens surround the 35 acres of the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants, and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. The gardens are redesigned every six months and replanted by hundreds of volunteers.


Church Office Building Plaza
50 East North Temple

Monday-Friday, 11:00am (meet at the southwest lobby)
Wednesday, 7:00pm (meet outside the southwest lobby doors)
Sunday, 10:30am (meet at the east gate of Temple Square)


Conference Center Roof
60 West North Temple

Monday-Friday, 10:00am (meet inside door 15)


No tours on holidays.
For group or private tours, please call 801-240-5916.
Free one-hour garden tours are given April – September.


*Text taken from “Gardens on the Plaza” brochure.

Concerts in the Park 2013

Summer is here and the Concerts in the Park 2013 are just around the corner!

Enjoy free, informal concerts at the beautiful Brigham Young Historic Park on Tuesday and Friday evenings throughout June, July, and August. Concerts are one hour and all ages are welcome to attend.
Seating is limited; blankets or lawn chairs are welcome. The Brigham Young Historic Park is on the southeast corner of State Street and 2nd Avenue (North Temple), one block east of Temple Square.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoorsto the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. For concert updates, the information hotline is 801-240-3323.

No tickets needed!

JUNE – 8:00 p.m.
4 Pizzicato Strings; children’s string ensemble variety show
7 Broadway Crescendo; lilting and fun melodies of Broadway show tunes
11 Octappella; international award-winning a cappella vocal band
14 Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band; patriotic program and popular band music
18 One Clear Voice; inspirational female recording group and winners of Pearl Awards
21 Lorisa Pulotu; variety program of contemporary songs to timeless classics by singer/
25 Sam Payne and Savoy; jazz music at its finest
28 Nancy Hanson; Popular contemporary folk singer/songwriter


Peregrine Falcons – 4 EGGS!!

As of Saturday, April 20th there are 4 Peregrine Falcon eggs atop the Joseph Smith Memorial Building!!

For those of you who may not know, there are Peregrine Falcons that nest on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building here on Temple Square. Peregrine Falcons are an endangered species and are highly protected by the State. We are lucky to have some nesting right on our window seal! This picture is a screen shot from the webcam located in the Falcon’s nesting area. Salt Lake Peregrine Falcon’s Facebook page posted this picture on Saturday. You can follow the webcam feed by visiting

Church History Library – Men and Women of Faith Lecture

“Bruce R. McConkie: A Special Witness”

7:00pm, April 11 2013

The Church History Library will host the Men and Women of Faith Lecture “ Bruce R. McConkie: A Special Witness” featuring his son Joseph Fielding McConkie, sharing hisghtlights from the life of the former apostle. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is part of the 2013 Men and Women of Faith lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00pm in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple.
Validate parking is available at the Conference Center. As you enter the Conference Center parking, inform the attendant that you’re going to a lecture and ask for a token to use when you exit.

For more information please call 801.240.2272 or visit

Easter on Temple Square

Celebrate Easter on Temple Square!

Church History Museum

Easter Exhibit  - “Truly this Man was the Son of God”

Dates: March 1st – June 17th, 2013

Works of art telling the story surrounding the final week of the Savior’s mortal ministry are on display in a new Easter exhibition at the Church History Museum.

For more information, visit:

Church History Museum

45 North West Temple Street

Salt Lake City, Utah 84150


Music & the Spoken Word

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir weekly live half an hour broadcast Music & the Spoken Word is the nation’s longest-running network program, having run continuously since 1929. The broadcast takes place every Sunday morning at 9:30am in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Those wishing to attend should plan to be in their seats by 9:15am.

For all Tabernacle Choir upcoming events, please visit:


April 19th – April 20th

Easter Reflections Concert

The Temple Square Chorale, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, will present its annual concert on Friday, April 19 and Saturday April 20, 2013, at 7:30pm in the Tabernacle. The major work of the concert will be the Gloria by Francis Poulenc, with soprano soloist Elizabeth Pike Murdock. Ryan Murphy, associate conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale, will lead the evening’s concert.

*Free admission but tickets are required (Limit 6 per person).

Click here for tickets:

April Temple Square Performances

There are over 2,000 events on the thirty-five acres of Temple Square each year. It is the best place in Salt Lake City to watch uplifting and free concerts open to the public. Each month we bring unique events that celebrates music and talents from all over the world.

Check out the calendar for the detailed schedule of Temple Square performances.

Events are held in the Tabernacle or at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.