Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Bear River Stake Tabernacle Exterior

140 W Factory St
Garland, UT
Built 1906
Click for Map Location of Building

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3 responses

  1. Those towers are striking!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    • Aren’t they? For being in such a small town, the building was spectacular. I wasn’t able to get inside, unfortunately, so will have to go back. The building had probably the most stained glass of any I have seen.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

  2. Steve

    Hi there – I just discovered your website and have spent the past 20 minutes clicking down memory lane, so to speak. I served in the Utah-Ogden mission from 2000-2002 and had a bit of a fascination with the wonderful church buildings there. At the time, our mission covered northern Utah, SW Wyoming and SE Idaho – so I’ve been in a lot of these buildings.

    This building was one of my favourites as I served there whilst it was being completely renovated. Our stake mission president took us on an ‘unofficial’ tour of this building when the old part was being demolished and as the new part was being finished. He related a number of stories, you’d have to verify the truth of them, but here’s the scoop:

    This building was built on the site of a pioneer-era brick or stone school. The builders of the tabernacle felt that they could salvage a portion of that building and thus one wall of this building is a lot older than the rest! This ended up causing some turmoil later.

    In the 1930s a wing with classrooms and offices was added. Then in the 60s or 70s a large cultural hall was built, however it was not connected to the building – you had to go ‘outside’ to get to it.

    At some point the 1970s or 80s, the building was slated for closure or demolition as the older part has some structural issues and no part of the building met earthquake code. The locals were pretty attached to the building and put up a fuss, but to no avail. The stake president at the time was an older gentleman who had served in the same mission as President Kimball and had kept in touch over the years. He asked President Kimball if it were possible for him to ‘stay the execution’ and he did.

    By the late 90s, the building was getting in rough shape. The 1930s era portion was especially dire. The church built a brand new meetinghouse in Garland and four wards met there while the tabernacle was restored. The classrooms and offices were demolished and major structural work was undertaken on the tabernacle itself as the footings needed to be upgraded. A new structure with stake offices and classrooms was constructed that attached the tabernacle to the 1960s-era cultural hall. They also upgraded the tabernacle to barrier-free access with an elevator, etc… I think they did a very nice job of matching the exterior of the new building with the tabernacle facade.

    March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

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