Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Cultural Halls

Hollywood Stake Tabernacle Cultural Hall

1209 S Manhattan Pl
Los Angeles, CA
Built 1928
Architect: Pope and Burton
Map Location of Building


Centerville 1st Ward Cultural Hall


The exposed structural framework here is quite striking. Built in 1951 and dedicated by Assistant to the Twelve, Alma Sonne, on March 1, 1953.

160 S 300 E
Centerville, UT
Cultural Hall built 1951
Architect: George Cannon Young
Map Location of Building


Manila YSA Ward Cultural Hall

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
Map Location of Building


Manila YSA Ward Cultural Hall


Quite possibly the best Stage and Cultural Hall I have seen. I’m not sure why I didn’t close the curtains and sliding partitions, so I may have to go back.

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
Map Location of Building


Yale Ward Stage Detail

1431 E Gilmer Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1924
Architect: Woolley and Evans
Classroom addition on west end in 1964 by Fetzer and Fetzer
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Claremont Ward Cultural Hall


My best guess is that this space used to be the Cultural Hall. If so, we are looking at what used to be the stage. Through the arch on the right would have led to the Chapel.

2334 Stuart Street
Berkeley, CA
Architect: Possibly Leslie Dean Price (He designed the Overlook chapel in Walnut Creek – a similar looking building)
Dedicated 1955. Renamed Oakland 5th Ward in 1965. Ward dissolved in 1970 and sold to a Christian church – possibly the Unification Church (Moonies). Sold to Hare Krishna’s several years after this.
Now the New Jagannatha Puri (ISKCON Berkeley Hare Krishna Temple)
Click for Map Location of Building


Bountiful 9th Ward Cultural Hall

585 E Center
Bountiful, UT
Built 1958
Architect: William Frederick Thomas
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Oakland Tabernacle Cultural Hall


This is the level below the chapel that used to be the Cultural Hall.

408 W MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA
Built 1923 and Sold 1959
Architect: Clay N Burrell
Now Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church
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Sunset Ward Cultural Hall

Staircase leading from cultural hall to classrooms below.

1601 22nd Ave
San Francisco, CA
Built 1945
Click for Map Location of Building


Sunset Ward Cultural Hall

1601 22nd Ave
San Francisco, CA
Built 1945
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Phoenix 2nd Ward Interior

This building is now owned and used by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. When visiting the building, my schedule unfortunately didn’t coincide with when the theater was open, so I didn’t get a chance to take any interior pictures. Fortunately I was able to find some posted online. The building is quite unique and beautifully detailed. The architects, Pope and Burton, designed a truly regional building that was appropriate for its context, climate, and intended use. Regional buildings such as this are responsive to their site in their form, spatial qualities and use of building materials and finishes. All this helps invoke a sense of ownership by the users and pride in the building. A building such as this is both from the land and belongs to and is a part of the local community. This becomes apparent when buildings are able to survive multiple uses and functions over time.


Cultural Hall space – note the intricate pocket door leading to the Chapel (Online Image source posted 2008)


Cultural Hall Ceiling (Online Image source posted 2008)


Chapel with arched side aisles (Online Image source posted 2008)


Arch Detail in Chapel (Online Image source posted 2008)

302 West Latham Street
Phoenix, AZ
Built 1932
Now Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Map Location of Building


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