Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Arizona

Mesa 2nd Ward Chapel Detail

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
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Mesa 2nd Ward Pulpit

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
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Mesa 2nd Ward Pulpit

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
Click for Map Location of Building


Mesa 2nd Ward Chapel Interior


Somehow I neglected to post interior images of this chapel. Similar to the Logan 1st Ward, this chapel has a center aisle. But also notice that the pulpit is off-center and to the right side of the rostrum.

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
Click for Map Location of Building


Mesa 2nd Ward Site Plans

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Images from Slideshow:

  • Original Construction – the first image is an assumed site plan not based on original drawings.
    Date: 1912/1915
    Architect: Unknown
  • Chapel and entry connector piece added to original meetinghouse
    Date: 1934
    Architect: Louis Alexander
  • Phase 1 Remodel: Demolition of original meetinghouse portion of building. Large addition, including Tower, new entry and lobby.
    Date: 1961
    Architect: Martin Ray Young
  • Phase 2 Remodel: Large addition, including Cultural hall and classrooms, creating an exterior courtyard.
    Date: 1961
    Architect: Martin Ray Young
  • Current Site Plan

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Click for Map Location of Building


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


Phoenix 2nd Ward Exterior

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


Phoenix 2nd Ward Exterior

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


Mesa 2nd Ward Courtyard

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
Map Location of Building


Phoenix 3rd Ward Chapel Interior

47 E Ashland Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Map Location of Building


Phoenix 3rd Ward Exterior

47 E Ashland Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Map Location of Building


Mesa 2nd Ward Exterior

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
Map Location of Building


Mesa 2nd Ward Exterior

North side of building

15 W 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
Map Location of Building


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