Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Archive for September, 2011

Utah State Meetinghouse Rendering


“Architectural drawing of the LDS stake building, known colloquially as the ‘Golden Toaster,’ built in 1962.” (Image courtesy Special Collections & Archives, Merrill Library, Utah State University) This rendering was featured as the cover of the dedicatory program.

This meetinghouse, designed by James H McCrea, was built as the U.S.U. Stake Center, containing two chapels to accommodate four University wards, the USU First, Fifth, Seventh and Eighth wards. Groundbreaking occurred on May 2, 1961 and was done by President David O Mckay. The event was shared with a groundbreaking for the Student Living Center on Campus, which would eventually be named in honor of President Mckay. All the speakers referred to how memorable and significant the occasion was. The building would eventually cost $700,000 to build. Dedication took place a year later, on Sunday June 3, 1962 with services under the direction of the Stake Presidency – Reed Bullen, Wendell O Rich, and Leonard J Arrington. Speaking at the event was University President Daryl Chase. President David O Mckay gave the final address and then offered the dedicatory prayer. At the end of the services a Hosannah anthem was sung followed by the singing of ‘The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning.’

This building is scheduled to be given to the University in exchange for another site, after which it will be demolished.

650 N 1200 E
Logan, UT
Built 1962
Architect: James H McCrea
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake Liberty Ward Stained Glass


A beautiful window containing Alpha, Omega, a beehive, a bundle of wheat, and two crosses.

445 E Harvard
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1908
Amusement Hall added 1924
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake Liberty Ward Exterior


Construction began April 6, 1908 and was completed six months later, with services first held on October 11, 1908. The plan is unusual for LDS chapels, being in the shape of a traditional Christian cruciform. Additionally, the stained glass windows contain crosses, beehives and the first vision. The grand exterior stair leading to the tower entry has been completely changed, as can be seen from the original image below. The building was remodeled in 1917 by architects Cannon and Fetzer. And an Amusement Hall was added in 1924.

Image from Deseret News dated 10 Oct 1908

445 E Harvard
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1908
Amusement Hall added 1924
Map Location of Building


Ogden Lynne Ward Exterior


Located at the convergence of five roads that has been aptly named Five Points, this meetinghouse was built in 1914 and dedicated on September 5, 1915 by Apostle Reed Smoot. By 1931 the building was called the 15th Ward meetinghouse. Today it functions as a bank.

115 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT
Built 1914
Address originally listed as 2 Harrisville Rd
Later called the Ogden 15th Ward
Sold and now Bank of Utah
Map Location of Building


Capitol Hill Ward Chapel Interior

413 N W Capitol St
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Ashton and Evans
Map Location of Building


Capitol Hill Ward Exterior

413 N W Capitol St
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Ashton and Evans
Map Location of Building


Fairview North Ward Exterior


The original building included a Relief Society Room, Kitchen, Boy Scout Room which opened up to a baptismal font, and many classrooms in the basement. On the main floor was the Amusement Hall (left side of photo), Chapel perpendicular to the hall (the main roof length in the photo) and a Reception Hall between the two, just off the main entry which is obscured by the tree. The Reception Hall contained a fireplace and opened up on both sides to connect both large assembly spaces. The only other room on the main floor was a Bishop’s Room which can be seen as the gabled bump-out on the right side of the photo with the chimney coming out of it. This Bishop’s room not only had a fireplace, but also a small toilet room. The only access to the office was directly from the Rostrum at the front of the Chapel. Below this office was the font.

A 1973 remodel changed the Bishop’s restroom into a small Clerk’s office and the Organ chamber behind the rostrum into a classroom. Finally, in 1986 a nicely-built wing was added perpendicular to the back side of the Chapel containing two Bishop’s offices, Clerk, main level restrooms and classrooms. Today the exterior remains largely unchanged, except for the addition of a steeple to the building.

131 E 100 N
Fairview, Utah
Built 1936
Architect: Anderson and Young
Map Location of Building


Heber 2nd Ward Exterior


Apparently, the beautiful design and detailing of this English Gothic Parish church caused hard feelings for the other two wards in Heber that built meetinghouses at the same time. The site was purchased in 1913 and housed a Methodist church which was moved and used by the Center Creek ward. Construction began in 1914 and was mostly done by ward members. By 1915 the building was completed, paid off, and dedicated by Apostle Francis Lyman on Dec 26, 1915. Classrooms for Sunday School were located beneath the capacity 400-seat chapel. In 1954, the newly created 5th Ward also began to use the building which led to a new and much larger stake center to be built several blocks away during the 1960′s. Eventually the building was sold to the Catholic Church which still holds services to this day.

5 S 100 W
Heber, UT
Built 1915
Architect: Joseph Nelson
Sold 1960′s; Now St Lawrence Catholic Church
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Map Location of Building


Whittier Ward Stained Glass


This window is located at the rear of the chapel facing the street where the entry is. The Amusement hall was built first, just after the creation of the ward in 1924. After the Hall was completely paid off in 1936, the building was dedicated, and work began on the Chapel. By 1938, the Chapel was completed, paid off, and dedicated by David O McKay. The design of this meetinghouse was done by Church Headquarters as one of the Department Projects, most of which were actually designed by Joseph Don Carlos Young.

1515 S 200 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Amusement Hall built 1925
Chapel built 1936-1938
Architect: Department Project
Map Location of Building


Murray 1st Ward Chapel Interior

184 E Vine St
Murray, UT
Built 1907; Sold about 1975
Now Mount Vernon Academy private school
Click for Map Location of Building


Lake Ridge Ward Pulpit


Two very similar buildings were built by the same architect in Magna during the 1950′s. The interior of these two buildings reflect a pronounced use of angles in the detailing, including in this fantastic pulpit design. I currently have interior pictures from this building and exterior pictures from the other one.

3151 S 7700 W
Magna, UT
Built 1950′s
Map Location of Building


Capitol Hill Ward Exterior Detail

413 N W Capitol St
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Ashton and Evans
Map Location of Building


Kaysville Tabernacle Stained Glass


This Chapel has some of the nicest stained glass I have seen in an LDS building. The entire room is filled with the glass, and it is not only beautiful, but in really good condition as well, filling the space with a warm, soft and diffused light. I was able to get into the Chapel because of a 160-year anniversary celebration the ward held yesterday afternoon. There were several booths sharing the history and photos of the building. I was surprised and happy to see the two photos I previously posted of this building as part of a display in the lobby. Unfortunately, there was no indication that the photos were mine. I didn’t think this would need to be said, but please do not use photos from this site in any way without at least an acknowledgement as to where you received them. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

198 W Center
Kaysville, UT
Built 1912
Architect: William Allen
Click for Map Location of Building


Oakland Tabernacle Original Chapel Interior


(Photo Courtesy Oakland California Stake) For additional photos posted of this building, see here. As you can see, the only remaining portion of the rostrum are the decorative elements above the original opening. Also remaining are portions of the ceiling including the decorative ventilation grilles. While the trim, glass and mullions have changed, the small round windows above each window also remain. Finally, the windows on the left side of the photo still remain, but have been covered by additions to the building and no longer fully open to the exterior.

408 W MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA
Built 1923 and Sold 1959
Architect: Clay N Burrell
Now Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church
Click for Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 8th Ward Sacrament Table


Unique two-tiered sacrament table inside of the 8th Ward chapel.

270 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1921
Architect: Cannon and Fetzer
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Utah State Meetinghouse Detail

650 N 1200 E
Logan, UT
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Utah State Meetinghouse Chapel Detail

I learned today from several comments on a previous post that this building, the ‘Golden Toaster,’ is going to be demolished. This will occur through a land swap with Utah State University in order to build a newer meetinghouse in another part of the campus. I agree with the article that the site is a fabulous location and will be great for the University to have. But I am profoundly disappointed that this building will be gone. It is by far one of my favorite mid-century buildings and is wonderfully designed and detailed. Losing this building is going to hurt. Here are all the pictures I have posted on this meetinghouse.

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


Ogden Tabernacle Detail

I love the details on this building – particularly around the front entry, which have sort of a Mayan feel to them, most likely inspired by the Book of Mormon. Hopefully these will remain through the current remodel that is taking place.

2145 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT
Built 1952
Architect: Fred L Markham
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Ogden Tabernacle Exterior

This building is currently under renovation along with the adjacent Ogden Temple. I am unsure as to what changes will be made to the building other than the removal of the steeple. It is unfortunate that such a great steeple will be gone.

2145 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT
Built 1952
Architect: Fred L Markham
Click for Map Location of Building


Ogden Tabernacle Exterior Entry

2145 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT
Built 1952
Architect: Fred L Markham
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Salt Lake 13th Ward Exterior Entry

100 S 400 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1951
Architect: Clifford Evans
Vacant ~2008 to 2011
Land donated to Hope Lodge in 2011
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Salt Lake 13th Ward Exterior

The urban flight by LDS members out of Salt Lake City continues with the generous donation of this building and land to a local charity yesterday. The building has been vacant the last four years and will be demolished to make way for the Hope Lodge, a housing facility for cancer patients. Built in 1951, largely by the ward members, the building was one of three remaining meetinghouses in the downtown area of Salt Lake City, the others being the 17th Ward located behind the Conference Center and the 8th Ward located behind the Library. This Colonial Revival building was uniquely placed on the site at a 45 degree angle to the corner that it sits on.

100 S 400 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1951
Architect: Clifford Evans
Vacant ~2008 to 2011
Land donated to Hope Lodge in 2011
Click for Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 8th Ward Chapel Interior

270 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1921
Architect: Cannon and Fetzer
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Provo 3rd Ward Exterior


One of my favorite LDS architects, Richard Watkins, was the designer of this building. He also did the fabulous Spring City chapel.

105 N 500 W
Provo, UT
Built 1901
Architect: Richard Watkins
Amusement hall added 1913; Interior remodel 1935-40; Sold 1979
Now Discovery Academy private school
Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Click for Map Location of Building


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