The Utah Hotel opened in 1911 with considerable fanfare and excitement. Actress Ethel Barrymore was the first registered guest. The same year, President William Howard Taft booked the Presidential Suite. This was the premiere hospitality location for Salt Lake social life and luxury accommodations for much of the 20th century. In 1993, the LDS Church financed a significant renovation and then dedicated the landmark to the founder of the Latter-Day Saints. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is now an administrative center, a theater showing LDS Church films and an event venue.