Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Logan 1st Ward Chapel Balcony


The doors on both sides of the chapel lead directly to classrooms, which is quite a nice feature. The three sets of double entry doors lead directly to a lobby that in turn leads to the columned entry off the street – all set on a strict classically-influenced axis. Here is an exterior picture showing the entry. At both sides of the lobby are stairs leading up to the balcony. And at the two upper level corners are classrooms. The windows of these rooms can be seen in the exterior photo linked above.

Somehow I incorrectly labeled the window detail post last week. It’s not the 4th Ward as I originally labeled it, but is from this building, the 1st ward.

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

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5 responses

  1. seshat

    The doors on both sides of the chapel lead directly to classrooms, which is quite a nice feature.

    a meetinghouse in the stake I grew up in had this feature, and everyone HATED it because it made the building so hard to use. It made the chapel into a very noisy corridor at times and meant that there could never be any overlap with wards being in the building.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

  2. kledwards1

    The classrooms also have an entrance in the front-side lobby…each is a single room running the entire length of the chapel.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

  3. kledwards1

    Correction: not the entire length; the rear/corner classrooms were separate…

    August 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

  4. Classrooms off the chapel would be a challenge with multiple wards, but the building was designed for only a single ward. This is probably taken from a Christian tradition of having smaller chapels or rooms off to the side of the main assembly space. Often they would not even have doors or dividers since you would never overlap their use. Also there was no three-hour block at this time, so the classrooms would be used at different times and days than the chapel. Looking at the original plans, it is interesting to see some of the names of these rooms. The Bishop’s Office was off the chapel, also the Primary, the Kindergarten, the 1st Intermediate, the 2nd Intermediate, then the Theological classroom, and finally the Relief Society. The far corners were a Ladies Room and a Kitchen. It’s interesting to see the change in classroom names over time.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

  5. seshat

    Also there was no three-hour block at this time, so the classrooms would be used at different times and days than the chapel

    Even in the olden days before the block meetings (which I am old enough to remember well) the arrangement was a problem if there was more than one ward in the building. You couldn’t have overlapping sunday schools, necessary to get done with sacrament meeting at a reasonable hour, or have things like choir practice unless you were lucky enough to have a separate RS building to hold it in.

    speaking of which, have you got any photos of separate RS buildings? the chapel I grew up attending had one, and it was really quite charming. It’s still standing, alone with a separate stake president’s building, though the meetinghouse itself burned down.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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