Salt Lake City

Council Statement on Unauthorized Damage to Fifth Ward Meetinghouse

Contact: Whitney Gonzalez Fernandez
801-535-7600 –

Council Statement on Unauthorized Damage to Fifth Ward Meetinghouse

SALT LAKE CITY, April 2, 2024 – We’re deeply saddened by the unauthorized damage to the Fifth Ward Meetinghouse, a cherished historic landmark. We support a thorough investigation into the incident and will bolster efforts to protect our city’s historic sites.

Today, we will discuss a proposal to strengthen enforcement on unauthorized work to further safeguard our historic sites and establish additional remedies for unauthorized alterations or demolitions.

We are grateful to the public for reporting the incident and to City staff who quickly responded, preventing further damage.


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Salt Lake City Corporation is the municipal government for Utah’s capital city. The Mayor is the chief executive and the City Council is the legislative body. Committed to providing outstanding public services, fostering community engagement, and promoting innovation, Salt Lake City Corporation is dedicated to creating a city that thrives and reflects the values of its diverse residents. For more information, visit

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The Salt Lake City Council is the seven-member legislative branch of Utah’s capital city. The Council sets Salt Lake City’s overall policy direction and allocates resources via the adoption of annual budgets and ordinances. The Council also serves as the Board of Directors for Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency, the Local Building Authority, and the Board of Canvassers. For more information, visit

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