Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Provo 4th Ward Exterior

396 N 100 W
Provo, UT
Built 1925
Now Sharpe Reception Center (currently vacant and for Sale)
Click for Map Location of Building

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9 responses

  1. seshat

    do you know of the church ever doing something like buying back a building it has previously sold? (As opposed to purchasing property it has somehow lost–I’m sure it would buy back the Kirtland Temple in a heartbeat if it could.)

    May 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    • The only one I am currently aware of is the Lehi Tabernacle which was sold and used as a public high school before being bought back and used by the church. It was eventually demolished, though, and a new church built in its place.

      May 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

  2. .

    How much do they want for it?

    May 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    • Sorry for the delay, th. I finally called on it. The price is negotiable but listed at $700k. Contrary to what I said, the building is occasionally still used for receptions. And the most interesting thing I learned is that when they purchased the building from the church, they were required to sign a 199 year waiver that they would not serve any alcohol, including a provision that the church could repossess the building if they broke the conditions of the waiver.

      May 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      • seshat

        the prohibition on serving alcohol for 199 years is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of.

        the first LDS chapel in Tucson became a porn theater after the church sold it. Letting people have champagne at their reception seems no big deal compared to that.

        May 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

  3. We lived across the street from this building for a while; it’s a cool looking building. It’s too bad that Provo City can’t think of a use for it like they did with the library.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    • Yeah, it’s a great location FoxyJ. I didn’t realize you previously lived over there. I do recall going to a reception here way back when. It’s been so long, I don’t even remember who it was for, but I remember liking the building even then.

      May 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  4. Sarah

    Just saw in the Daily Herald that it was bought and will become upscale apartments.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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