Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Utah Valley

Manila YSA Ward Window

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


Manila YSA Ward Cultural Hall

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
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Manila YSA Ward Chapel Interior


I’m not sure why so many of the pews have been removed, but there are a lot of chairs on both the right and left aisles that appear to be used in their place.

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
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Manila YSA Ward Pulpit

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
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Manila YSA Ward Pew

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
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Manila YSA Ward Window

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
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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
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Manila YSA Ward Exterior


This is definitely in my top five mid-century meetinghouses. The steeple is beautiful in its simplicity. And the repetition of structure and gabled windows is stunning. The chapel is directly across the street from a much newer meetinghouse and the American Fork Temple. I am unsure of the original name, date or architect, but hope to find out soon. If anyone has info, please share.

835 N 900 E
American Fork, UT
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Provo 3rd Ward Exterior


One of my favorite LDS architects, Richard Watkins, was the designer of this building. He also did the fabulous Spring City chapel.

105 N 500 W
Provo, UT
Built 1901
Architect: Richard Watkins
Amusement hall added 1913; Interior remodel 1935-40; Sold 1979
Now Discovery Academy private school
Listed on National Register of Historic Places
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Nephi 3rd Ward Chapel Interior

351 N 100 W
Nephi, UT
Built: 1959
Architect: John N Clawson
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Nephi 3rd Ward Chapel Exterior

351 N 100 W
Nephi, UT
Built: 1959
Architect: John N Clawson
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Nephi 3rd Ward Exterior

351 N 100 W
Nephi, UT
Built: 1959
Architect: John N Clawson
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Provo 9th and 19th Ward Chapel Window

667 N 600 E
Provo, UT
Built 1959; Dedicated 1963
Architect: Dixon, Knell and Long
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Provo 9th and 19th Ward Chapel Interior

This is a great example of a beautiful and striking mid-century building that is both a product of its time while remaining in the overall confines of a standard plan. Some unique features include exposed wooden structural columns, a magnificent continuous wood paneling that links together the organ, rostrum, ceiling, chapel, cultural hall and stage together into one unifying element. Additionally there is a “cry room” at the right front side of the room connected by a window with great views of the rostrum. Finally there are two fixed pulpits, both off-center; one for speakers and one for the chorister. The window at the left side of the photo will be covered tomorrow.

667 N 600 E
Provo, UT
Built 1959; Dedicated 1963
Architect: Dixon, Knell and Long
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Lehi North Branch Meetinghouse Exterior


The original rectangular chapel (with the gothic windows) was built in 1894 at Lehi Junction where two rail lines converged. By 1903 this became the Lehi 3rd Ward. In 1917 the cross-wing addition at the left side of the photo was built almost doubling the size of the building. A 1936 renovation involved painting the exterior brick and adding the single-story foyer vestibule on the right side of this photo. This was the entry into the original chapel. By 1943 the ward membership had grown to eight hundred. As a result a new and much larger building was built several blocks east of this building. In 1953 the entire building was sold and used as a private residence. The current owners are the second owners since the church sold the building. By the time the current owners purchased the home, the windows had been broken out by vandals and the old chapel had been used as a woodworking/machine shop. The original flooring still remains, although there is an oil spill on the wood floor from the shop. This space is now a living room for the present family where a loft has also been added. There are two gothic arched doors from the Lehi 4th Ward rostrum that were bought by the family and installed in this living room as well. One door is on the main floor and the other is at the loft level. Dormers were added to the north wing, and the exterior brick was stripped of its paint and restored to the original state. This is the only historic LDS meetinghouse remaining in Lehi.

Later known as the Lehi 3rd Ward Meetinghouse
1190 N 500 W
Lehi, UT
Built 1894; 1917 cross-wing addition; 1936 renovation
Sold 1953; Now Personal Residence
National Register of Historic Places
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American Fork 3rd Ward Exterior


The main rectangular chapel was built from 1903-1905. A Recreation hall and classroom wing at the right side of this photo were added in 1938 and an additional wing was added in 1958. About 1970, the large front stained glass window and main tower entrance were bricked in. In the 1980′s the aluminum soffits around the exterior perimeter were added. Probably in the 1980′s also, the exterior doors were all replaced with glass and aluminum doors. When the property was sold in 1994, the steeple was first removed by the church. From 1994 to 2000 the building was used as a preschool during which the pews were removed from the chapel and the stage was removed from the cultural hall. In 2001 the building was remodeled as a reception center by restoring some of the original elements. Stained glass was added back where it had been removed, entry and other exterior doors were replaced with wooden doors again, and the brick, sandstone and concrete were cleaned and repaired.

190 W 300 N
American Fork, UT
Built 1903-1905; Recreation hall and classroom wing added 1938 and additional wing added 1958
Sold 1994; Now Northampton House reception center
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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Provo 1st Ward Chapel Balcony

195 S 100 E
Provo, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Pope & Burton
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Provo 1st Ward Chapel Interior

195 S 100 E
Provo, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Pope & Burton
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Provo 1st Ward Exterior

195 S 100 E
Provo, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Pope & Burton
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American Fork 2nd Ward Detail

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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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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American Fork 2nd Ward Addition

In 1929 a large addition was constructed to the west (left of the photo) that formed a U-shaped building with the U facing the street and providing a central entry to the building. The addition matches the original style of the building quite nicely and contained the recreation hall and classrooms. Very little modification to the building has been done since. The building was sold in 1984 to Michael Bigelow in favor of a new building. At that time, a residence was created upstairs in the Sunday School room and a Pipe organ design and manufacturing plant in the main floor and basement. Windows and other features were restored, a wood shop placed in the gym and an assembly shop in the chapel.

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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American Fork 2nd Ward Exterior


This meetinghouse is a Gothic revival building constructed in 1903-04 containing a chapel, square entry vestibule with 35′ tower above, and a two-story section in the rear containing classrooms and offices. The large addition constructed in 1929 and selling of the building in 1984 will be shown and discussed in the next photo.

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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Provo 4th Ward Detail

396 N 100 W
Provo, UT
Built 1925
Now Sharpe Reception Center (currently vacant and for Sale)
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