Church Administration Building
|Church Administration Building|
|Location||Salt Lake City, Utah, USA|
|Affiliation||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Architect(s)||Joseph Don Carlos Young|
|Direction of façade||North|
|Length||140 feet (43 m)|
|Width||75 feet (23 m)|
|Height (max)||5 stories|
|Materials||(Exterior) Quartz monzonite
(Interior) Marble, travertine, and onyx
The Church Administration Building (CAB) is an administrative office building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States. Serving as its headquarters and located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the building is adjacent to Temple Square, between the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Lion House, on South Temple Drive. It differs from the Church Office Building in that it is much smaller and furnishes offices for the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It also houses offices for other general authorities and their personal staff.
Constructed in 1917, the building only permits entry to church officials and their guests. The CAB has been used for meetings between church leaders and several political and community leaders, and has become a historic building for members of the LDS faith.
Use and special events
Initially, the Church Administration Building housed all administrative offices of the LDS Church, but as membership grew and leadership and staff expanded, the workers were scattered in office buildings throughout downtown Salt Lake City—some as far away as the Granite Mountain Vaults in Little Cottonwood Canyon and at Brigham Young University, forty miles to the south in Provo. With the construction of the 2,000-employee-accommodating Church Office Building skyscraper next door, the Church Administration Building was freed up for offices exclusively for general authorities, and it continues to serve as the church's headquarters today.
The Church Administration Building furnishes offices for the president of the LDS Church, as well as for his counselors in the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other general authorities and their personal staff. The building is overseen by the Church Security Department, as only pertinent church officers and their guests are permitted entry.
The CAB has also been a key locale for various events and visitors. As part of the festivities for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Olympic torch was passed through the hands of members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on the steps of the Church Administration Building. It is also a tradition that funeral processions of past LDS Church presidents pass in front of the Church Administration Building. The building has hosted important visitors, most recently including Michelle Obama and George W. Bush.
Constructed between 1914 and 1917, the building is built of quartz monzonite from the same quarry in Little Cottonwood Canyon as the stone used for the Utah State Capitol and the nearby Salt Lake Temple. The Mt. Nebo Marble Company supplied marble and travertine for the interior of the CAB. According to the Utah Geological Survey, "the company quarried Birdseye marble in the Thistle area of Utah County, and travertine and onyx at Pelican Point near Utah Lake in Utah County and in the Cedar Mountains of Tooele County."
Several general authorities have shared stories about experiences in the Church Administration Building that have enriched the legacy of the building and increased its importance among Latter-day Saints. For example, while speaking at the funeral of late church president Gordon B. Hinckley, Earl C. Tingey shared an experience when he got on the elevator in the CAB to go up to his office while Hinckley chose to take the stairs with his cane to his office. Another account, shared during a fireside by Thomas S. Monson, spoke of the importance of the priesthood when Monson recalled an experience he and his almost-12-year-old son had with then-church president Harold B. Lee in the CAB. These stories, including Boyd K. Packer's obedience lesson learned from Lee, and F. Burton Howard's account of when the youth sang "We thank thee, O God, for a prophet" in order to supplicate Spencer W. Kimball's audience, all occurred within the walls of the CAB and have served to establish its legacy in the LDS Church.
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