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Hotel Utah Love Story

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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.

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 http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/learn-more/peregrine-cam.html

FREE Chinese Art Exhibition – NOV. 2

Temple Square Hospitality Helps VOAUT

Volunteers of America, Utah (VOAUT) held their first annual Silver Spurs Gala at Gardner Village in West Jordan this September and we had the amazing opportunity to provide all the beautiful decorations.

Some of our wonderful staff members here at Temple Square Hospitality Corporation (TSHC), located in The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, donated linens, chargers, containers for centerpieces and of course, their time and wonderful talents.

We were excited to be a part of such a wonderful event and we’re completely honored to be featured in VOAUT’s newsletter, “The Spirit Within” (featured below).

We feel very strongly that companies should support community events which make a positive difference in people’s lives. This is how we can give a little something back. This is how we can stay united.

The Big Event…and more history!

More pictures from the 100 year anniversary of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

All of the hosts and hostesses were dressed up in 1900′s type clothing.

The hosts and hostesses are still dressing in this fashion for the entire month of June. So fun to see. :)

President Monson cutting the ribbon.

The big screens featured stories of several individuals whose lives were very much a part of Hotel Utah and/or The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

The following pictures are done by Andee McDonald Photography

And all floral arrangement for the event were done by Flowers Squared.

More history about Hotel Utah:

Construction on the hotel began June 9, 1909, and the hotel was completed on June 11, 1911. Horse-drawn wagons helped dig the basement of the Hotel Utah. When construction began, it was estimated that it would cost 1.6 million dollars to build; however, the actual cost was closer to 2 million dollars.

The Crossroads Grill, which was located on the lower level of Hotel Utah, featured a live trout pond that ran down the middle of the table. It was always well taken care of, and lilies added another natural element to the trout habitat. Children were especially fond of the pond feature. In later years, the trout were replaced with goldfish. This photograph is from May, 1912.

The front, top half of the Hotel Utah, lit up at night. July 10, 1911. Until the 1940′s, the dome of the building was lit by 6,400 tungsten lights. It is now spotlighted at night. The trademark beehive which sits atop the building is the Utah state symbol and was chosen to represent the qualities of industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance of the early Utah settlers.

100 year anniversary!

June 9, 2011

The old Hotel Utah, now know as The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB), is turning 100 years old TODAY!

Come join us today for a grandiose celebration. Starting at 6:30pm, the Mormon Tabernacle choir will be singing in the lobby and a ribbon cutting will be held.

Wonderful displays are set up all around the lobby.

Everything here takes you on a journey throughout the years!

There will also be large screens projecting videos of memories past! So come join in on the fun!

We hope to see you all there!

A little history and current information:

In 1911, this building was called The Hotel Utah. Such a beautiful place! It was later converted into the JSMB and is now used for several offices for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also three restaurants located in the building and many banquet rooms are available for all sorts of events and gatherings, such as: weddings, receptions, luncheons, business meetings and award ceremonies.

Dinner for Two at The Roof Restaurant!

On your next visit to Temple Square you could be dining at The Roof Restaurant for FREE!  Located on the 10th floor of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, this exquisite restaurant provides one of the best views of the Salt Lake Temple.  This is a unique fine dining experience with delicious buffet options and a bounty of delectable desserts!   So how do you win this dinner for two experience?  The Roof Restaurant is giving this amazing gift to one of their lucky Facebook fans!  As if the dinner wasn’t enough, the dinner for two gift card comes all wrapped up in a beautiful gift basket which also includes the NEW Lion House Pies cookbook, a box of chocolate truffles, and sparkling grape juice for two!  What a fun holiday gift!  You can enter the Facebook drawing by becoming a fan of The Roof Restaurant and checking out the ‘Double the Fans’ giveaway located in the giveaway tab at the top of the page.  The lucky winner will be chosen on January 1, 2011, so hurry and enter the drawing! www.facebook.com/theroofrestaurant

This is a fun chance to make your next Temple Square visit that much more memorable! Happy New Year! We hope to see you soon!

Nauvoo Cafe Picture Contest

The Nauvoo Cafe is giving away three gift cards to lucky Facebook fans! Want to win? You’ll have to go on a scavenger hunt!

Take a picture of you, your family or friends at each of the following locations: inside the Nauvoo Cafe, with a statue on Temple Square and with the flowers on Temple Square. Once you have the pictures, post them to the wall of the Nauvoo Cafe’s Facebook page .

Three prize winners will be chosen to receive a $25 or $50 gift card. Winners will be announced every two weeks until June 14th. Happy Hunting!

Oklahoma ward members travel to Conference

This is a guest entry submitted by Carissa M:

“We have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to go to Conference twice now. Once in October of ’09, and again just this past April. My husband is the bishop of our little ward in Durant, OK, and I am the Seminary teacher. We have lots of stalwart youth and some who struggle internally with things of the world (don’t we all?). My husband came up with the idea of taking them to see the prophet speak live in Conference to give them the opportunity not only to hear and see him, but also to allow them another opportunity to strengthen their testimonies (and who doesn’t need that?).

Once the 25-hour journey by car was successfully accomplished, despite a freak snow storm, we started by going to Temple Square and taking in the peaceful feeling of the Spirit that resides there.

Then, we took a tour from the lovely Sister Missionaries through the old Tabernacle and the Visitor’s Centers. They did such a good job keeping all 7 boys’ attention!

After lunch, we decided to tour the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and while there watched the Joseph Smith movie. It was moving, and our eyes were wet to say the least. I think I can say on behalf of all the youth, we walked away with a more unshakeable knowledge that Joseph Smith was TRULY a prophet of God.

Conference was, as it always is, amazing! It always feels as though those inspired men and women are speaking straight to my soul. The pen I was holding could barely keep up with my fingers pushing it along, trying to record as many memories/notes as possible.

Then, we headed over to Deseret Bookstore where they were having Liz Lemon Swindel painting LIVE in person! I could hardly contain myself. Watching her paint was like watching a ballet dancer. She was so thoughtful and her every move was so graceful. It was all I could do to muster the courage to ask her if I could photograph her. Both she, and her talent, are amazing! Plus, we had to get some of those yummy goodies from the Lion House Pantry while we were there! Those amazing little treats were at least half our diet intake for the 3 days we were in Salt Lake!

All in all, I think I can say we walked away from this place stronger, better, and with a desire to become more perfected in Christ. I hope it’s an experience we won’t soon forget!”

Christmas at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

This is a guest entry submitted by Katie:

We had some time to spare when we were on our way to the Conference Center for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. We wandered through the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and look what we found! There was no better way to pass time than walk around Temple Square and feel the spirit of Christmas!