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Matthews Ward Entry


Originally organized as the Florence Ward in 1923, the ward name was changed to Matthews in 1924 after a $15,000 donation towards a building by ward member George Leon Matthews. A convert from the RLDS Church, George was 86 years old in 1926. The ward members suggested and voted for the ward name to be changed in his honor. Because of the donation, construction began immediately. Dedicated the following year, the entire building would cost about $22,000. In 1926, George and his wife also donated an Estey organ to the building.

On Feb 2, 1941 ground breaking took place for a new chapel to be built to the west of the original chapel. The new building was dedicated on Feb 7, 1943 by Charles A Callis of the Twelve. By 1962, the Ward was made the official Indian Branch Headquarters for the area and by Feb 1963, the Matthews Ward would be discontinued and combined with another ward.

The building has since been sold and is now being used by the New Morning Star Baptist Church. The letters ‘LDS’ still remain in the entry lobby off of the busy street which functions as the main entry into the building. Beyond the doors is the Cultural Hall.

210 W Florence
Los Angeles, CA
Built 1941-43
Architect: Harold W. Burton
Now Greater New Morning Star Baptist Church
Map Location of Building


Hollywood Stake Tabernacle Entry Lobby

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


Las Vegas 9th Ward Entry

3400 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Built 1961
Architect: Harold W Burton
Map Location of Building


Ogden Tabernacle Exterior Entry

2145 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT
Built 1952
Architect: Fred L Markham
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Utah State Meetinghouse Entry


All of the detailing on this building is consistent with the overall form of the building. Including these ‘golden toaster’ door handles that I am in love with. Good design will show themes carried through no matter the scale.

650 N 1200 E
Logan, UT
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Yale Ward Lobby

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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Spring City Ward Balcony Vestibule


I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I love that the slotted grille at the top of the door is a beehive.

164 S Main
Spring City, UT
Built 1902
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Bonneville Ward Entry Lobby


The doors with the glass surround lead to the overflow space between the chapel and cultural hall which includes ample natural light and a fireplace with stone hearth. The doors to the right lead directly to the cultural hall.

1535 E Bonneview Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1949
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Brighton Branch Lobby


In the original plans, this was called the Multi-Purpose room and it had a wood-burning fireplace rather than the gas fireplace shown.

State Hwy 152
Brighton, UT
Built 1968, Addition in 2000?
Architect: Baird Young and Jones
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American Fork 2nd Ward Entry

130 W 100 S
American Fork, UT
Built 1903-04 with large addition in 1929. Sold 1984.
Architect: 1903 – Probably James H Pulley; 1929 – Young and Hansen
Now Bigelow & Co Organ Builders
Listed on National Register of Historic Places
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Claremont Ward Lobby

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)
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Claremont Ward Lobby

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)
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Oakland Tabernacle Entry

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

272 N Main
Farmington, UT
Built 1862
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Sunset Ward Entry

1601 22nd Ave
San Francisco, CA
Built 1945
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Ogden 4th Ward Entry


Large entry lobby to the building – centered underneath the main tower. From the doors, stairs lead up to the chapel and cultural hall, and down to classrooms and gym.

2115 Jefferson Ave
Ogden, UT
Built 1930
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