Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Logan 1st Ward Chapel Interior

89 S 200 W
Logan, Utah
Architect: Cannon and Fetzer
Built 1918
Click for Map Location of Building

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6 responses

  1. seshat

    Huh–center aisle. You don’t see that often in LDS meetinghouses. Have you posted photos of any other chapels with a center aisle?

    August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    • They are very uncommon. I have seen a couple, though. The Ogden 49th Ward off Riverdale Road comes to mind but I haven’t posted a picture of the chapel yet. I’m glad you brought it up, though. I think I’ll add it as a Category so I can track them.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      • seshat

        I remember as a child hearing some explanation for eschewing center aisles, some aesthetic attitude that had been given quasi-doctrinal status, like David O. McKay’s loathing of the cross, but I can’t remember it now. Any idea what the logic for avoiding them currently is, aside from precedence?

        August 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

      • I think it’s because of the connection with Protestant churches (and Catholic ones for that matter) that traditionally have center aisles. It seems to be a move away from procession and ceremony as well as putting people in front of the speaker rather than empty space in front of the speaker. It should also be noted that historically most LDS chapels did not have the speaker in the center, so that has been more a recent change.

        August 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

  2. Paul Slaughter

    I love the fact that the Sacrament table is front and center, instead of hidden in the corner, as is usually the case. By the way, the only LDS chapel I’ve been in that had a center aisle is the Spokane Stake Center (Spokane, WA). It was really surprising, especially since it’s a 1980s vintage Cody plan building.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    • I also love seeing the Table in the center. It appears to be on rollers of some type to where the table is rolled forward during a service and rolled back when finished. In the original plans, the table was in the same position, but fixed. Directly behind it was the piano, then behind that was the organ, then behind that was the pulpit, and finally at the back wall was a speakers bench. The choir seats were on the two sides of the rostrum. So even though it has changed, I’m glad to see the table and pulpit still on the center axis.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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