Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Salt Lake 10th Ward

Salt Lake 10th Ward Original Chapel


This room was the original chapel that was built in 1873. View is looking towards the main entry standing where the front of the chapel would have been.

420 S 800 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Original chapel built 1873
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 10th Ward Detail


Here is a beehive over a window.

420 S 800 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Gothic revival chapel built 1909
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 10th Ward Detail


Above each window in the chapel are unique pieces of art.

420 S 800 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Gothic revival chapel built 1909
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 10th Ward Stained Glass


This beautiful glass goes all the way to the floor of the balcony, but the pew in front of it and the sloping ceiling above makes it difficult to get a photo of the entire work of art. Definitely worth a visit to see, though.

420 S 800 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Gothic revival chapel built 1909
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 10th Ward Chapel Interior

420 S 800 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Gothic revival chapel built 1909
Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 10th Ward Exterior

Of the original 19 wards in Salt Lake, the building to the right is the only original chapel remaining in the city, built in 1873. The Gothic revival church to the left was built in 1909. Also on the complex, at the far right is a school built in 1887. All three of these buildings are now connected into a single meetinghouse with the 1909 building serving as the Chapel and the original 1873 building serving as a large classroom or activity hall. This 1873 building used to be the Chapel but was remodeled many years ago into a Cultural Hall that even had a stage at one point. During a remodel in 2000, the building was almost torn down completely. The rumor is that Pres. Hinckley stepped in to save the building. Now, only the front wall and portions of the sides remain from the original building, but the remainder of the exterior was rebuilt as a replica of the original.

ADDED 10 Feb 2012: The steeple on this has always looked a little strange to me; too squatty and out of place. In looking at older photos, there was a taller steeple at the same location of the building in 1911 here, but by 1937 there was no steeple at all here. It appears that there was no steeple all the way until the 2000 remodel, when it was added back. With the steeple appearing to be part of the original design, I definitely appreciate the effort to restore the building, but I think I prefer the look of the building without one.

420 S 800 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Original built 1873
Gothic revival chapel built 1909
Map Location of Building


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