The majestic church office building is Salt Lake City’s tallest structure (twenty-eight floors above ground, three levels below). Built between 1969 and 1972, this office tower houses nearly all the departmental organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is flanked at ground level by two four-story wings. Prior to the construction of this edifice, administrative offices of the Church were scattered in buildings throughout the city. Built upon the original sites of Brigham Young’s barn and corrals, this building represents the growth of Salt Lake City as well as the Church from the days of early pioneer settlement.
Gary G. Memorial
The large relief maps on the outside of the building have been purposely distorted. The latitude runs through Jerusalem on the eastern hemisphere and through Palmyra, New York, on the western hemisphere.
Utah State Historical Society
Of interest to visitors is the broad sixty-six by fifteen-foot mural on the east wall of the main lobby, depicting the ascension of Jesus Christ after His Resurrection. The Church History Library and Archives is located on the east side of the main floor area. Two observation decks on the twenty-sixth floor provide a dramatic panoramic view of Temple Square, Salt Lake City, and the surrounding valley and mountains.
Kathie and W. Jeffrey Marsh
David M. Whitchurch
Several sculptures grace the plaza. All of them were done by well-known LDS artists, including Avard T. Fairbanks (creator of the world-famous Abraham Lincoln statues, the Winter Quarters memorial in Florence, Nebraska, and the monument commemorating the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood on Temple Square); Dennis Smith (sculptor of most of the Relief Society monuments to womanhood in Nauvoo, Illinois); and Florence Peterson Hansen (who did the statues of Joseph and Emma that are also standing in Nauvoo).
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
The west wing of the Church Office Building sits on property where Horace Kimball Whitney and his wife, Helen Mar Kimball, once had a home. The Whitneys were sealed in the Nauvoo Temple just prior to the pioneer exodus. Horace was the son of Newel K. and Elizabeth Ann Whitney, and Helen was the daughter of Heber C. and Vilate Kimball. On June 15, 1850, Horace set type for the first edition of the Deseret News.