The Capitol Preservation Board was created in 1998 by the Utah State Legislature and Governor Michael O. Leavitt. As Stewards of the Capitol, the Board and its staff have the responsibility to maintain, improve, and oversee the buildings and grounds on the Capitol Hill Complex. This translates into four unique programs that are managed by the CPB office on a daily basis:
The Board maintains overall responsibility for the operation and careful management of the Capitol Hill Complex buildings and grounds. CPB staff oversee all interior building projects and exterior grounds projects, as well as communicating with Capitol Hill tenants and servicing their needs. Projects are instituted to improve access to Capitol visitors or employees, increase the life safety of the buildings and their inhabitants, and preservation of the buildings and grounds for generations to come.
To accommodate and serve the more than 200,000 people who visit each year–for business, events, and tourism–the Visitors Center implements programs for education, training, and civic engagement. Many Capitol visitors — from local community groups to far-traveling tourists — take exciting and informative tours with one of our 50 volunteer docents.
Events & Scheduling
The Capitol Events and Scheduling Program managed by CPB schedules more than 4,400 events each year in 28 spaces inside the Capitol, East Senate Building, and the State Office Building, as well as in the White Memorial Chapel, Plazas, Lawn Areas, and South Steps of the Capitol Hill Complex. The thousands of events on Capitol Hill range from free speech rallies and government meetings to choral performances and wedding ceremonies.
Inventory, Collections, & Curation
The Inventory Program was designed to define, identify, register, and track all important contents of the Capitol Hill Complex—including all state-owned items of historical significance. Inside the Capitol, a wide variety of original artwork, treasured artifacts, and historical furnishings are on display, in storage, or used functionally. The care and conservation of these items falls under the management and care of the Board too. CPB also oversees the selection and installation of exhibits, artwork, and statuary in the Capitol Hill Complex.
Capitol Preservation Board Members
The Board is made up of eleven members, and all three branches of government are represented: executive, legislative, and judicial. Each member of the Board currently serves for the length of their terms in office. Allyson W. Gamble is the Executive Director of the Capitol Preservation Board, and the Board members are:
- Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, Chair
- Senator Peter Knudson
- Senator J. Stuart Adams
- Senator Gene Davis
- Representative TBA
- Representative Keith Grover
- Representative Patrice Arent
- Chief Justice Matthew Durrant
- Attorney General Sean Reyes
- State Treasurer David Damschen
- State Historic Preservation Officer Brad Westwood