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.
FREE Guided Walking Tours of Mid-century Modern Architecture at the University of Utah - This summer only!
TAKING YOU TO SCHOOL: MID-MOD AT THE U OF U
Utah Heritage Foundation conducted research in partnership with Utah Division of State History and University of Utah to survey the University of Utah Campus and over forty structures that were built after 1949. This important project will help all of us understand the story of why and how these buildings were built and place them within a context to determine their historic and architectural significance. Come listen to the findings from this survey as we take you on a tour of the University campus highlighting the Mid-Century Modern structures that make this campus unique.
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 and see Teddy Roosevelt's hat rack 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.
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Life & Style!!!
Utah Heritage Foundation presents...
5-4-3-2-1...BLAST-OFF!!!... Prepare for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachrome slides and retro road trip discoveries.
With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and other relics then and now.
Salt Lake City is also served up via spectacular vintage slides and Charles' "best of" guide to unsung and underrated local attractions!
So sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we as we time travel to Charles' fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! ... Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!!! ...
Festive dress is encouraged ... but not expected!
This is a FREE event!
When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Where: Salt Lake City Main Library in the Nancy Tessman Auditorium
From the kitsch to the classic, Charles Phoenix loves to celebrate mid Twentieth-century life and style!!!!! His massive collection of flea market-found 1950s and 60s vintage slides inspire his live Retro Slide Show performances, "Slide of the Week" e-mails, and colorful coffee table books - including his latest, American the Beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome. Charles is also a recurring correspondent for the Martha Stewart Show, Conan, NPR and KECT. He lives in Southern California.
Phoenix is the author of many books, including a celebration of 50's era American road trips, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Southern California and the Pomona Valley.
Check out Charles Phoenix's website, Facebook page and YouTube page for more information about him and his presentations.
A refreshing retro-themed cake and cocktail party
Friday, May 20th
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
At the Historic Putnam Residence, a private mid=century modern residence in Holladay.
(Address will be provided after your ticket purchase)
Join us at a delightful retro-themed cake and cocktail party! Enjoy tasty taco truck creations and a crafty cocktail served up in the colorful flamboyance of Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen meets Utah tradition.
$50 per person
To purchase tickets day-of come to the Party!
Thank you to our events sponsors:
Sugar House Distillery