Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Wells Ward

Wells Ward Entry Frieze Detail

1990 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1920, Chapel built 1926
Map Location of Building


Wells Ward Rostrum Detail

1990 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1920, Chapel built 1926
Map Location of Building


Wells Ward Exterior


The large beautiful window above the main entry into the chapel was originally visible internally at the back of the balcony.

1990 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1920, Chapel built 1926
Map Location of Building


Wells Ward Chapel Interior


Unfortunately I couldn’t find an artist name for the beautiful artwork that serves as the focal point for the chapel. I would not be surprised if the piece were specifically commissioned for the building since it is so well integrated into the overall design. While visiting with ward members I learned that the rostrum almost met the fate of being remodeled into classrooms, just as the balcony was. Thankfully it was saved. One story stated that the Bishop put his foot down and would not allow this to happen. Another story stated that this was the ward Sis. Hinckley grew up in and she exerted her influence to ultimately save the chapel.

1990 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1920, Chapel built 1926
Map Location of Building


Wells Ward Chapel Interior


There’s a lot to love in this gem of a chapel in Salt Lake. During a past remodel, the balcony at the upper level and the overflow rooms at the lower level were converted into classrooms. Although not functioning, it is fortunate that at least all of these doors still remain, as can be seen across the back of the chapel. From a closer look, it appears that even all of the original hardware and glazing remains.

1990 S 500 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1920, Chapel built 1926
Map Location of Building


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