Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Wells Ward Chapel Interior


Unfortunately I couldn’t find an artist name for the beautiful artwork that serves as the focal point for the chapel. I would not be surprised if the piece were specifically commissioned for the building since it is so well integrated into the overall design. While visiting with ward members I learned that the rostrum almost met the fate of being remodeled into classrooms, just as the balcony was. Thankfully it was saved. One story stated that the Bishop put his foot down and would not allow this to happen. Another story stated that this was the ward Sis. Hinckley grew up in and she exerted her influence to ultimately save the chapel.

1990 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1920, Chapel built 1926
Map Location of Building

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5 responses

  1. Alan LeBaron

    This same artwork is in the temple in Cardston Alberta and I am quite sure it was used in other places as well.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  2. Liz

    The frieze is by Torlief Knaphus: http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=2a59fc3157a6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1 It is on the exterior of the Edgehill Ward Building on 15th E and about 18th S. in SLC, too.

    November 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  3. The link didn’t work, but I know exactly the building you are referring to. Thanks for pointing out the artist and the connection with the other building.

    November 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

  4. The artwork is, as noted above, Torlief Knaphus’ representation of Christ speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, and is featured in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. There is also a copy inside the Provo Utah Temple. This link includes a close-up picture of the frieze at the Cardston Temple: http://www.lds.org/ensign/1980/07/torleif-knaphus-sculptor-saint?lang=eng

    April 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    • It’s also in the Manti Tabernacle–in color. Interesting; it seems to be in a lot of places.

      May 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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