Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Phoenix 2nd Ward Interior

This building is now owned and used by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. When visiting the building, my schedule unfortunately didn’t coincide with when the theater was open, so I didn’t get a chance to take any interior pictures. Fortunately I was able to find some posted online. The building is quite unique and beautifully detailed. The architects, Pope and Burton, designed a truly regional building that was appropriate for its context, climate, and intended use. Regional buildings such as this are responsive to their site in their form, spatial qualities and use of building materials and finishes. All this helps invoke a sense of ownership by the users and pride in the building. A building such as this is both from the land and belongs to and is a part of the local community. This becomes apparent when buildings are able to survive multiple uses and functions over time.


Cultural Hall space – note the intricate pocket door leading to the Chapel (Online Image source posted 2008)


Cultural Hall Ceiling (Online Image source posted 2008)


Chapel with arched side aisles (Online Image source posted 2008)


Arch Detail in Chapel (Online Image source posted 2008)

302 West Latham Street
Phoenix, AZ
Built 1932
Now Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Map Location of Building

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2 responses

  1. seshat

    the interior looks truly gorgeous, but very ornate for an LDS chapel. Do you have any idea how much of the detailing/decoration is original, a restoration of original detailing/decoration, or just something added by the current owners because it seemed appropriate?

    March 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    • Really good questions. I may need some time for the answer, but I do know that the intricate wooden double pocket doors are original to the building. As are the structural beams, wood detailing, and chapel archways and columns seen in the pictures. The only question would be the color scheme / painted arches and ceilings. My guess is that those have been restored from the original, but I could be wrong.

      March 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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