Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Our Rich Meetinghouse Heritage: An Ogden Tour of LDS Architecture

You are all invited to a building tour I will be offering next month in Ogden, Utah.
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd
Time: 2:30-6:00pm

Studies of LDS architecture generally focus on temples, ignoring the richness of our meetinghouse heritage. Although contemporary meetinghouses are typically patterned on only a few pragmatic designs, older meetinghouses are frequently very beautiful and highly unique when compared not only to churches in other religions, but also to each other. They also serve as an interesting commentary on the growth and development of the Church–particularly in a survey of which buildings have been retained and which have been sold off.

Northern Utah, not surprisingly, has an abundance of architecturally significant LDS buildings. In Ogden alone, eleven chapels built prior to 1930 are still standing. However, only two of these are still owned by the LDS church. Additionally, Ogden has several mid-century unique and interesting chapels pre-dating Correlation. This workshop will offer a tour of the most significant of these beautiful buildings in the greater Ogden area. Information presented will highlight the history and significance of each building, exterior and interior design features and detailing, and, as available, a review of plans and photos.

Registration and Program links.

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7 responses

  1. Webcast?

    July 13, 2011 at 3:50 am

    • I don’t think that is an option currently, but I’ll ask about the possibility.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  2. Um… where do we meet?

    July 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    • I’m not sure yet, but my guess is it will be at the symposium registration desk at Weber State. I’ll let you know when I find out for sure.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    • Here’s what I’ve got so far: Registration forms, badges and tickets will be available at the Sunstone registration table on the third floor Mezzanine of the Shepherd Student Union Building. Free parking is available in lot A2 north of the student union. We will be carpooling, so come prepared to drive if you are able to.

      July 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

  3. seshat

    Can you provide a list of the meetinghouses on the tour at some point? It wouldn’t be the same as seeing them in person, but it would be cool to get a sense of what’s in one city.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    • Yes, I will probably post the handout pages on each of the buildings here shortly.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

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