Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Brighton Branch Exterior

State Hwy 152
Brighton, UT
Built 1968, Addition in 2000?
Architect: Baird Young and Jones
Click for Map Location of Building

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9 responses

  1. seshat

    cool photo!

    How big is this? It looks tiny.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    • You’re right – it is quite small and intimate. It actually felt like the perfect size for a church – very nice proportions both on the inside and out. The original building shown in the picture is about 4000 square feet. Around the back is the addition consisting of classrooms. Interestingly, even though it is small, it contains a good sized stage, small cultural hall and an overflow separated by curtains from the chapel. And there’s also a large lobby with a fireplace. The location is great – you could actually ski up to the building in the winter as it is quite close to the Brighton ski lift.

      June 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      • seshat

        Hmm. In general I don’t like my churches small and intimate. I prefer them lofty and grand. I want lots of space between me and the other congregants., with plenty of room for God (or the idea of God) to come and fill things up. All other things being equal (and I totally recognize that they’re not), I’ll take a cathedral over a small parish church any day and twice on Sunday.

        June 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      • I would tend to agree with you in a city, but nestled in the snowy mountains – intimacy and warmth felt more inviting to me as an spiritual refuge.

        June 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  2. This meetinghouse reminds me of the one up at Mack’s Inn/Island Park in Idaho. It has a wonderful stone exterior. Unfortunately the only time I saw it, I only took a picture from across the parking lot … I do have that, though, in case you’re interested. I could scan it and send it to you. Beautiful building. I also was inspired to go to my old meetinghouse in Richland, Washington (Jadwin Chapel) and take pictures of it. It has a wonderful brick exterior with gorgeous windows and a beautiful bay window in the Relief Society room. In the basement, there used to be an inlay on the floor of the scout room. I have no idea if that’s still there or not. I wasn’t able to go inside but one of these days I’m going to make some phone calls and see if I can get permission to go inside and take some pictures. That building was built in the late 1940s/early 1950s.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    • Thank you for this, Paula. They both sound like wonderful buildings. I would love to see the picture you are referring to. I’ll email you where to send it.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  3. SLK

    The style and setting of this building remind me of the LDS church at West Yellowstone, Montana, which I visited sometime in the early 1960s.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

  4. I attend chuch here frequently and it is really amazing. From the chapel you can see out the windows to Mt. Millicent and waterfalls or skiers depending on the season. It gives the feel of a much larger chapel than you’re really in. The members have written a history of this chapel and the fight that was made to design it to make it fit the setting instead of building a standard plan one and it’s really interesting if you can get your hands on it.

    November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    • KatieSue – that history of the chapel sounds fantastic. Any idea who best to contact to get a copy? Feel free to email me if you have any contact info you can share.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

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