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The new site of the building was called Washington Square, which was a ten acre plot that had been used for a variety of outdoor gatherings. The building that rose there had Gothic architecture of the type you don't commonly see in Utah, complete with spires and statues many suspect were to mimic or outdo the spires and statue on the nearby temple. When construction was completed, the building cost about $900,000 even though the original bid was for under $400,000.
So far I haven't been able to find any definitive records of deaths that happened in the building, although some allege two children died when they fell down garbage chutes during construction, which were later turned into elevator shafts, and that then their mother killed herself in the same manner to be with her children. There's also a story of a dog that was brutally beaten on the site, but details have the scarceness of detail that urban legends are made of. The dog story is fueled by people who claim to have heard disembodied growling in the building, but that coupled with other reported activity could point toward a demonic presence in the building. It's also possible that some people died on the site back when it was used as a reception area for freshly-arrived pioneers. Regardless, plenty of people have shared experiences they've had in the building. These range from cold spots and the sense that someone is watching them, to some individuals being pushed while going down stairs or one paranormal investigator who was scratched on the back.
I'm sure the building has picked up quite a bit of energy over its 100 plus year existence, having been the site where the Utah Constitution was framed and hosting quite a number of emotionally-charged trials, including famous homicides. Considering that a building project in the not too distant past unearthed some unmarked pioneer graves mere blocks from the City and County building, I wouldn't rule out that there are dead bodies laid to rest near or even under the building's foundation. Whatever is the case, quite a few Salt Lake City employees and even some elected officials have been made believers as they have toiled away alone in the building late at night.