In 1888 Salt Lake City donated 20 acres as a site for the Utah State Capital. For various political reasons, however, it was not until 1909 that a seven man Utah Capital Commission was formed for the purpose of selecting a design and contructing a building. Although their initial attempts to raise a one mill levy failed, in 1911 an unexpected windfall of nearly $800,000 in taxes paid by the estate of E.H. Harriman provided enough seed-money to start the process. In 1911 the commission held a competition to select the best design. Ten prospective plans were entered into the contest including this one by Cannon (Georgius Y. Cannon), Fetzer (John Fetzer), and Ramm Hansen. The winning entry came from Richard Karl August Kletting. Construction began in 1912 with James Stewart & Company as the contractor. The building would not be fully completed until 1916. The final cost was $2,739,000.
The Utah Capital Competition Drawings consist of 15 copy prints from a proposal that was submitted to the Utah Capitol Commission by the Salt Lake City architectural firm of Cannon, Fetzer, and Ramm Hansen in 1911. The prints are photographic reproductions of drawings that show elevated views as well as floorplans.
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Utah capitol competition : project of Cannon, Fetzer and Ramm Hansen Architects, 1911. (P0107). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.
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|1||1:02: Front elevation of capitol building|
|1||1:03: West elevation of capitol building|
|1||1:04: North elevation of capitol building|
|1||1:05: Block plan of capitol building and grounds|
|1||1:06: Basement plan of capitol building|
|1||1:07: Ground floor plan of capitol building|
|1||1:08: Principal floor plan of capitol building|
|1||1:09: Second floor plan of capitol building|
|1||1:10: Third floor plan of capitol building|
|1||1:11: Roof plan of capitol building|
|1||1:12: Longitudinal section of capitol building|
|1||1:13: Cross section thru dome of capitol building|
|1||1:14: Section thru Senate chamber of capitol building|
|1||1:15: Section thru Supreme Court and library of capitol building|