Take a guided tour of a Salt Lake City landmark.
Utah Heritage Foundation's friendly, knowledgeable docents illuminate history, architecture, and local lore on our guided tours of Salt Lake City landmarks. Plan your tour of the Kearns (Utah Governor's) Mansion, Salt Lake City and County Building, McCune Mansion, Meditation Chapel in Memory Grove Park, or the Marmalade District on Capitol Hill.
We offer two types of tours: education, for K-12 students, and public. To schedule an education tour or for more information, click here. Read below to find out about our regular, free, public tours and details for scheduling tours in advance. Click on each link for more info on scheduled times.
After serving is the Civil War, Major George Downey moved to Salt Lake City and built this mansion on South Temple just down the block from the Ladies' Literary Club.
The Ladies' Literary Club building is one of the finest examples of a prairie-style building in Salt Lake city. The ladies commissioned construction, built in 1913, to be their club house. They donated the building to Utah Heritage Foundatin in January 2013.
Come see the innovative water-driven heating and cooling system at the Downey Mansion and learn about the legacy of the Ladies' Literary Club whose building turns 100-years-old this year.
Tours will be on June 15, July 20, and August 17 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Additionally on June 15, get something at the Literate Ladies Lawn Sale and then take the tour. More details are below.
A beautiful Chateauesque exterior, a stunning interior, and the dramatic story of the Kearns family make the historic Kearns Mansion one of Utah 's architectural treasures. Thomas Kearns made a fortune on the silver flowing out of Park City mines. He spared no expense building a home that became the dazzling center of Utah 's elite social life. A world-class restoration completed in 1996 returned the mansion to its original 1902 appearance. Glimpse the gold-leafed dome, see Teddy Roosevelt's hat rack, and ponder the mystery of the four medallions on a 40-minute guided tour of the Kearns Mansion 's first floor.
The Salt Lake City and County Building is one of Salt Lake City's most beloved landmarks. Completed in the 1894, the building is Utah's finest example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Its rich history includes the Utah State Constitutional Convention, the trial of Joe Hill, and an infamous pumpkin. In the late 1980s, it became the first building in the world to be retrofitted with base isolators. During an earthquake, the building will gently float on 440 steel and rubber “slinkies.” Utah Heritage Foundation's one-hour guided tour of the City and County Building begins with the base isolators beneath the building and ends in the clock tower high above.
Beautiful Meditation Chapel is a space set apart for quiet reflection. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Beason built the chapel in 1948 as a memorial to their son, Ross Beason, Jr., and all other Utahns who died in World War II. The plaza surrounding the chapel contains more than 300 granite markers each representing a Utah serviceman whose remains were not recovered after the war. The pink marble chapel features intricate bronze doors, stunning “acid etched” windows, and a patterned marble floor. Take some time to enjoy the chapel's contemplative atmosphere and lovely setting in Memory Grove Park. Utah Heritage Foundation also offers tours of Memorial House across the park from Meditation Chapel. These tours are also free and open to the public. However, they are subject to cancellation due to pre-scheduled events at Memorial House. Click here for more information on Memorial House and Memory Grove Park history.
Alfred and Elizabeth McCune stopped keeping track of expenses after the costs for their “simple” bungalow on Capitol Hill reached $500,000. They imported roof tiles from Holland , rare white satin-grained mahogany from South America , and a room-sized mirror from Germany . The ceiling murals and decorative borders alone took an artist from New York two years to finish. Completed in 1901 and restored in 2001, the McCune Mansion remains a Utah showplace. Spend an hour touring the mansion from the first floor's octagonal reception room to the third floor's glittering ballroom. The Venetian marble bathroom alone is worth the tour!
Quince Street. Apricot Street. Almond Street. The streets of the Marmalade Historic District were all once named for the fruit-bearing trees planted by the area's early residents. While you won't see orchards in the Marmalade District today, you will enjoy a charming neighborhood of historic homes in a wide variety of architectural styles. Highlights of the neighborhood include some of the city's oldest adobe homes, rare local examples of the Carpenter Gothic style, and the onion-domed 19th Ward Chapel. Join Utah Heritage Foundation for a stroll through Salt Lake City 's early history on the west side of Capitol Hill.