Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Utah State Meetinghouse Exterior


Great mid-century building. Nicknamed the Golden Toaster.

650 N 1200 E
Logan, UT
Click for Map Location of Building

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7 responses

  1. Did you hear about this?? http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_a39e0414-df34-11e0-82f6-001cc4c03286.html It’s so sad–that is such a cool building. Reading this blog makes me sad that I attend church in a boring mid-90s building that is all muave and pink inside :(

    September 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

  2. I just read the same bad news and was going to post it. Too bad, it really is an icon. Hopefully the University does something really nice with the land to justify it. The really sad part is that the new church that will be built down the street will probably be pretty boring….like the rest of the new ones.

    September 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

  3. Wow – shocking. Thanks for the link. I am really disappointed – this is one of my favorite mid-century buildings.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  4. @lds architecture—Thanks for these posts. I used one of your pics (with attribution and a link to your site) for a post I put up at ByCommonConsent.com today. Sad to see the building go…

    September 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    • Wonderful – thanks so much for highlighting the building and site, Scott.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  5. seshat

    I was in Cache Valley recently, and was happy I could convince my friends to let me visit this meeting house, which I had never seen. I liked it very much, and am glad I knew it about it through your blog. I wouldn’t call anything but the chapels beautiful, exactly, but it’s clearly a very thoughtfully designed building. There so many fun details, like the base of the supports for the roof over the walkways into the buildings–I don’t know how to describe them but they were unusual and cool. There were bright yellow door mats installed outside the west door, matching the color of the door handles and other accents. You could see where they’d been removed outside the east door, which gets more use because it’s the door closest to the parking lot. But it’s cool to me that someone even thought about a more interesting, integrated way to get snow of your boots in the winter than just some old door mat.

    I had a hard time coming up with the right word for it, but I’d say it’s a whimsical building. It seems obvious that the architect enjoyed designing it, and was actually thinking about what sort of church would work for a college campus. It’s creative and vibrant and warm instead of stodgy and institutional and proper. The chapels are perfectly respectful and reverent but the rest of the building is actually fun, and all together it has a personality, which is more than you can say for most LDS meeting houses being built today. Given the number of people there when I visited and the fact that both chapels were full, it seems to be functioning well enough, so I don’t understand the need to get rid of it, though I certainly understand why the university wants that particular lot. I think the decision to raze it is a real tragedy, and though I know it’s unlikely, I hope someone convinces the powers that be to keep it.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    • This is a great comment – thanks seshat! I hadn’t noticed the door mats, but you’re right, even they fit into the entire design. No detail was left untouched.

      October 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

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