Inn at Temple Square Closes

Inn at Temple Square Closes

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Ashley Hayes Reporting One of downtown's historic buildings closed forever this weekend. After 75 years, the Inn at Temple Square has housed, fed, and checked out its last guest.

Since the announcement this building would be torn down, employees say the phone rang off the hook with Utahns wanting to book one last stay.

The hotel has been filled to capacity, and the Inn even had to turn away guests. One couple we spoke with came back to stay here over the weekend. This is where they started their lives together.

Sharon Jensen, Sandy: "It's the last day we'll spend in our honeymoon suite, and so, yes, that's sad for us. It's been a good old building. It has lots of memories for us."

Inn at Temple Square Closes

The Inn has been a memorable place for many couples. It's fed stars like Gladys Knight and Angela Lansbury.

The Inn opened in 1931 as the Hotel Temple Square. It had 200 rooms and made for a comfortable, modest stay.

But about 16 years ago renovations were made and the building was converted to a 90-room inn.

After that, staying at Temple Square became an experience, not just a place to crash while in town.

Guests of the Inn say it's hard to imagine Temple Square without it.

"The new plan for the area will be a good one. But the old historical buildings will be missed."

The new plan includes tearing down the Inn to make way for the City Creek Center, which will include a mixed use shopping, retail, and office development.

It's all a part of revitalizing downtown.

Everything inside the building will be sold at auction. The demolition is set for November 13th.

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