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Church Office Building

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There are so many things to do in downtown Salt Lake, but one of our favorites is the tour at the Church Office Building. This tour isn’t very long, but it is highlighted by a trip to the tallest building in Salt Lake City. Okay, technically the Wells Fargo Center Building is the tallest, but only by two feet!

 

To start your tour, go to the information desk in the east lobby. Small groups are assigned a guide to lead them to a few interesting spots. The first stop is at a famous mural that depicts Christ visiting the Apostles outside Jerusalem. This painting, which is familiar to Mormons, is 66 feet by 15 feet. The original was actually painted by a Seventh Day Adventist. The LDS Church liked it so much, they obtained the right to reproduce it, and it is very impressive.

The painting is huge. This only shows the middle half of the painting.

The painting is huge. This only shows the middle half of the painting.

The second part of the tour leads you out onto the plaza. The guide will point out several interesting things on the adjacent building and tell a little more about the Church Office Building. Our favorite thing outside was seeing the box where the peregrine falcons nest, though they have not been there this year.

We are hoping the falcons return next year!

We are hoping the falcons return next year! Can you see their box to the left of the fancy pillars?

Finally, you’ll hop in the elevator and go all the way to the top of the building, which is on floor 26. There are observation decks on both the east and the west side of the building, and though there are much loftier buildings in bigger cities, this is the best way to see Salt Lake. By the way, you can skip the first two parts of this tour and just go look off the top of the building if you are limited on time, though the full tour only requires about a half-hour.

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There is an observation deck on both sides of the Church Office Building.

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The views are amazing.

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You are well protected on the 26th floor.

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You can see the capitol one direction.

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There are big windows that the kids can look out without being picked up. Also, see that tiny hole in the glass on the left? That is where you can take pictures to avoid the reflection on the glass. I didn’t really use that feature….

No appointment is necessary for tours, and they are conducted Monday through Friday. You can only go up to the observation deck between 9-11 am and 1-4 pm, so plan accordingly, although the Church Office Building is open from 9-5. There are tons of things to see and do at Temple Square, so check out our huge list!

The kids loved being up so high and seeing so far!

The kids loved being up so high and seeing so far!