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Salt Lake's Historic Capitol Hill

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Salt Lake's Historic Capitol Hill
Photo by Steve Greenwood, courtesy of Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Utah's State Capitol sits on a hill above downtown, at 350 N. Main St., commanding excellent views of the Salt Lake Valley. The Capitol Hill neighborhood can be defined approximately as the area bounded by North Temple Street on the south, 200 East on the east, 200 West on the west, and Salt Lake's foothills on the north.

Areas of the Capitol Hill neighborhood include the Marmalade District on the west slope of the hill, Heber's Bench south of the capitol, Wasatch Springs above the capitol, and City Creek east of the capitol.

Capitol Hill

Utah's state capitol was constructed between 1912 and 1916, using granite from nearby Little Cottonwood Canyon. The dome is covered with Utah copper, and the building's exterior features 52 Corinthian columns. The beehive, symbol of the state of Utah, is featured in the building's interior, exterior and grounds.

The capitol grounds include a large lawn, trees, gardens and statues. Several historic buildings surround the capitol, including:

The Marmalade Hill Historic District

The Marmalade district on the west side of Capitol Hill is named for the large variety of fruit trees planted by early residents. The Marmalade district features historic homes in a variety of architectural styles. The Marmalade is considered a LGBT-friendly neighborhood and is the home of the Utah Pride Center. The Marmalade is also home to the Salt Lake Acting Company, housed in the 19th Ward Chapel, a Russian-inspired former LDS church building.

City Creek

East of the capitol building is City Creek, an important water supply used from the beginning of Salt Lake's history. The area around the creek, City Creek Canyon, is preserved as open space and features a network of hiking and mountain biking trails, including the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. City Creek Canyon includes Memory Grove, a small park with memorials dedicated to fallen soldiers and a meditation chapel.

Demographics

Capitol Hill has more single residents and fewer children than the Utah average, perhaps because of the prevalence of apartments vs. single-family homes in the neighborhood. Capitol Hill residents are generally middle class, with household incomes close to Utah's average. Racially, neighborhood residents are predominantly white.

Homes and Apartments

Apartment buildings, both modern and historic, are numerous in the Capitol Hill area. An approximate average price for a 1-bedroom apartment is $600 per month, or $800 for two bedrooms. Homes in the lower parts of Capitol Hill are moderately priced, frequently selling in the $200,000-$300,000 range. Homes above the capitol can be very expensive, selling for over $1 million.

Schools

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is in the Salt Lake City School District, and its public high school is West High, ranked by Newsweek as Utah's best high school. Capitol Hill is also home to LDS Business College.

Government

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is in Salt Lake City Council District 3 and is currently represented by Stan Penfold. The neighborhood is also served by the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Council.

Dining

Em's

Em's, located in the renovated Center Street Market building, offers creative American cuisine emphasizing local and organic ingredients.

271 N. Center St.
801-596-0566
Reservations recommended
Entrees $13-$20

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