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100 Years of History: The Beginnings of the Roof and the Garden Restaurants

The legacy of The Garden Restaurant and The Roof Restaurant dates back to 1914, four years after the completion of the prestigious Hotel Utah. The two restaurants were then known as The Roof Gardens restaurant, located in the magnificent rooftop garden that the hotel’s general manager spared no expense in building. Corinthian columns and the rose garden pergola were signature features of the ambiance, as well as the entertainment stage placed next to the lily pond at the north end of the garden.

Today, 100 years later, the current restaurants have distinct resemblances to the grandeur of The Roof Gardens. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve put together a collection of iconic historic pictures that tell the story of the beginnings of The Roof Restaurant and The Garden Restaurant.

original staff

The Hotel Utah opened in 1911 with full hotel capability, but The Roof Gardens did not open as a restaurant until 1914. The 1911 original hotel food service staff poses here for a publicity photo. Read more »

Why You Should Look Forward to the New Church History Museum

The Church History Museum, located just across from the Temple Square West Gates, will close for one year to go through extensive renovations. Over 7.5 million people have visited in the 30 years the museum has been open with about 250,000 visitors per year in the last several years. When the museum reopens in fall 2015, it will look completely different inside – all the interior walls we’ll be changed, two new exhibitions will take up most of the museum’s space and the lobby and museum store will have a completely new look! (See before and after renderings below.)

Museum Lobby Current

Current Museum Lobby

Museum New Lobby

Future Museum Lobby

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Top 5 Things to Do at Temple Square this General Conference

  1. Watch General Conference

Didn’t get tickets for General Conference? Come watch it in the Tabernacle and make it a day at Temple Square! For more information about watching General Conference, click here.


  1. Visit the Church History Museum (it will close soon!)

Looking for something fun and kid-friendly to do between the sessions? Visit the Church History Museum, located just across from the Temple Square West Gates. Delve into the history of the Church through historic artifacts and inspiring exhibits. The museum will close on Monday, October 6 for a year-long renovation so this is the last weekend to check it out as it is! For more information about the Church History Museum, click here. Read more »

8 Facts about the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni


  1. Cyrus Edwin Dallin was the sculptor of the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni statue. He also designed the Brigham Young Monument on Main Street near the temple. Other great works of Dallin include: Paul Revere and Appeal to the Great Spirit, both featured in Boston.

  2. Dallin’s Angel Moroni statue is neoclassical in design, molded in hammered copper and covered in 22-karat gold leaf.

  3. The statue stands 12 feet 5 inches tall and most likely weighs a few thousand pounds – the actual weight is not known, but based on Angel Moroni statues made soon after that weigh between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds, it is estimated  this statue weighs similarly. Read more »

David O. McKay’s Baked Apples

In honor of President David O. McKay’s birthday (September 8th) we want to share one his favorite recipes, now published in the brand new “Dining with the Prophets – Historic Recipes from the Lion House” cookbook! Available at Deseret Book.

Dining With The Prophets

David O. McKay’s Baked Apples

Although he appreciated a simple meal of bread and milk, President David O. McKay also enjoyed the best of homemade cooking. According to Suzanne McKay Adams, the prophet’s granddaughter, President McKay’s wife, Emma Ray Riggs McKay, was widely known for her homemade pies and cakes. Read more »

Have You Been to “God’s Plan for His Family?”


On the second floor of the North Visitors Center, there is an incredible exhibit that not many people know about. It’s called God’s Plan for His Family and it’s the perfect place to bring kids and adults alike.

In this six-room interactive exhibit you’ll follow a family through each stage of life as they encounter challenges, victories, and grow together. The rooms are set up to match the setting of each segment of an ongoing video , allowing you to immerse yourself in the experience. 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