Building Stones of Downtown Salt Lake City

A Walking Tour

This walking tour begins at the Utah State Capitol and finishes at the Salt Lake City and County Building, seven blocks to the south. On this tour, you will see building stones ranging in age between the 2.5 billion-year-old, Precambrian-age Cold Spring Black Granite to the geologically young, Quaternary-age travertine.

Building stone is rock that is used in the construction of buildings, retaining walls, bridges, and other structures and includes building components such as walls, foundations, sills, chimneys, and steps. The most desirable building stones have a combination of strength; durability; beauty; and ease of quarrying, cutting, and carving. Varieties of all three rock types – sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic – are used as building stones.

PI-60 Building Stones of Downtown Salt Lake City, A Walking Tour