Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Provo 9th and 19th Ward Chapel Interior

This is a great example of a beautiful and striking mid-century building that is both a product of its time while remaining in the overall confines of a standard plan. Some unique features include exposed wooden structural columns, a magnificent continuous wood paneling that links together the organ, rostrum, ceiling, chapel, cultural hall and stage together into one unifying element. Additionally there is a “cry room” at the right front side of the room connected by a window with great views of the rostrum. Finally there are two fixed pulpits, both off-center; one for speakers and one for the chorister. The window at the left side of the photo will be covered tomorrow.

667 N 600 E
Provo, UT
Built 1959; Dedicated 1963
Architect: Dixon, Knell and Long
Click for Map Location of Building

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5 responses

  1. Lady Steed

    This is the chapel my husband and I went to when we were first married. Thank you for featuring it, I had forgotten all about the chapel’s awesomeness.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    • You two have a great list of chapels you have attended. I’m jealous! Your husband is actually the one who gave me the heads up about this building. I probably would have not noticed it otherwise.

      June 26, 2011 at 6:47 am

  2. The chapel is actually called the “Provo 9th and 19th Ward Chapel” (the name is written on the outside wall on the north-east side of the building, I can email you a photograph if you’d like). For historical purposes, you probably want to change that. In fact, the Provo Peak 3rd Ward used to be the Provo 8th Ward and was not originally in the “9th and 19th Ward Chapel” until about six years ago. I was the last bishop of the Provo 9th Ward before the name of the ward was changed to the Provo Peak 5th Ward. But the building is still called the 9th and 19th Ward Chapel. It is also referred to as the Provo East Stake Center or the Rock Chapel. I have the dedicatory services program. It was dedicated on Sunday, December 1, 1963 at 4 p.m. by Elder Richard L. Evans. The architects were Bruce Dixon and Lee Knell (the firm of Dixon, Knell & Long). They “were charged to design a building that: 1) was not conventional for the day; 2) had adequate staging facilities; 3) had a medium-sized recreation or cultural hall; 4) was of basic rock and hardwood design; and 5) had all the facilities on one level. Building plans were completed in early 1959.” (Dedicatory Services, p. 8.) Ground was broken in August of 1959 (p. 9.)

    July 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    • Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for the wonderful information, Matthew. I will be sure to update the name of this chapel.

      January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  3. seshat

    The window at the left side of the photo will be covered tomorrow.

    Why?

    January 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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