Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Granite Ward Exterior


The exterior was completed in 1905 allowing use of the building, but the interior was still being worked on in 1913. The building was not paid off until 1938, after which it was dedicated on July 16, 1939. Ward members would joke that the building was as enduring as the Salt Lake Temple since both took 40 years to complete. Originally a red brick building, this Victorian Romanesque Revival building was painted white around 1950. The floor plan is a simple rectangle design with a 1938 rear office addition. In 1965, a new and larger building was completed north of here. The original cornerstone was moved to the new meetinghouse and the Granite Chapel ceased being used as a religious structure. In 1966, sculptor Avard Fairbanks purchased the building for $2000 and used the building as his art studio until his death in 1987. His son now owns the building and uses it to store the works of his father.

9800 S 3100 E
Sandy, UT
Built 1903-05
National Register of Historic Places
Map Location of Building

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4 responses

  1. MC

    Have you checked out the chapel at 355 E Center St in Springville? We attended there for about six months, and while the renovated outside is nothing special, the chapel has some pretty amazing detail work in the interior. Maybe you’ve shown it before, but I couldn’t find it on the site.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    • I don’t think I’ve posted anything on it yet. I’ve been there, but couldn’t get in the chapel since it was locked separate from the building. I will definitely have to try again, though.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  2. Sare

    I always wondered what was in that building! In my adolescence it had a chain-link fence around it and looked abandoned and foreboding. I had no idea it was still being used to store things. Very interesting. I hope it stays up for a long time to come.

    February 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  3. Jack Duffy

    The building is normally open on the Fourth of July and a haunted house is normally conducted there on Halloween. It’s very well done.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

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