Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Paradise Ward Demolition

Sadly, I just found out that the historic Paradise Ward meetinghouse in southern Cache County will be torn down in the next several weeks. The Chapel is right in the center of town and I don’t yet know why it will be torn down or what the plans are for the site. I haven’t done a lot of research on this building yet, but I believe the original chapel was built in either 1882 or 1886. In 1952, the original chapel was divided internally into classrooms and the steeple was removed when a larger chapel and steeple was built as an expansion to the original building. Finally in 1979 a large Cultural hall addition in the back was added. According to my source, the last Sunday of services will be Easter Sunday. If anyone has additional information on this building or its demolition, I would be interested to hear about it.

9060 S 200 W
Paradise, UT
Original Chapel built 1886?
New chapel addition 1952
Cultural Hall addition 1979
Scheduled to be torn down April 2012
Map Location of Building

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5 responses

  1. The Hermit

    Terrible news. Did you have a chance to photograph it?

    March 31, 2012 at 12:10 am

    • A little late in replying here, but I didn’t have any photos of the building when I posted this, but was able to go and get pictures on the last Sunday they used the building.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:24 am

  2. Ellend

    The Hermit=Ellen, btw.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:12 am

  3. I have it on good authority that a strong case was made to save the 1877 original portion of the church. That decision was supported by the Stake President and made its way all the way to the First Presidency for final decision. Unfortunately it was not in the affirmative. Utah Heritage Foundation provided some assistance in making that case. A couple of minor concessions were made in lieu of saving the building: 1) the new steeple will replicate the historic church steeple, and 2) there will be a marker placed in front of the building.

    April 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    • Very interesting, Kirk. It definitely would have been nice to see maybe the original portion of the building retained, returning the building to its original design as a single assembly space with the stone exposed, maybe putting the bell and tower back on it, and then designing a new building around it to meet the needs of the ward.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:22 am

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