Capitol Hill is quite literally the hill that holds the Capitol. It slopes down to the South and overlooks the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and downtown area. To the west it slopes into the Marmalade district, which is one of the oldest sections of the entire Salt Lake Valley. The Utah State Capitol, which the hill is now named after, was built from 1912 to 1916 in the prime spot to overlook the city. State Street, a road which runs through the whole state as highway 89, leads up Capitol Hill toward the Capitol building. This grand structure can be seen from miles away as the symbolic end of State Street. The entire Salt Lake City metro area is impressively seen from Capitol Hill, and the Great Salt Lake can be seen just miles to the west.
The Hill is home to many historic buildings. Marmalade streets are named after various fruits that are often used in making marmalade. This was sold at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays at the bottom of the hill by the pioneer settlers who lived in the neighborhood. Street names include Apricot, Quince, Almond, etc. Recent articles in free magazines featuring Salt Lake City real estate have mentioned Capitol Hill as one of the 'Gayborhoods' in Salt Lake City. Home prices range from the low $200's to under a million dollars. There are many condo projects in Capitol Hill in all price ranges. A new library is being built at the bottom of the hill with a re-energized and capitalized project of mixed development on 300 West and 600 North.
This area is often considered among the most architecturally diverse in Utah residential neighborhoods. Early examples of Utah vernacular architecture (designs using local resources to address locafneeds) sit alongside diverse turn-of-the-century styles such as a Russian-influenced LDS meeting house (now the salt Lake Acting Company headquarters), Gothic revival homes,Victorian mansions, and eclectic houses of various combinations of adobe, brick, and carpentry.