Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Ogden 4th Ward Font Room

In the original building, the baptismal font was located directly below this painted mural. Rather than the painting, though, there was some type of art glass window centered in the wall. In 1936, decorative railings were added around this font. Sometime prior to 1975, the art glass window was removed and this mural was added over the font. The text on the left wall of the painting says “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. And in the lower right corner is the artists name, C. E. Tillotson. During a building remodel in 1975, the font was moved to the other side of the room (to the right of this picture) and directly linked to new showers, changing rooms and restrooms. The font hole was filled in, floored over and the mural was preserved.

2115 Jefferson Ave
Ogden, UT
Built 1930
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6 responses

  1. K. Ellertson

    I have an original C. E. Tillotson oil painting. It is in great shape and of quite good quality. I have been trying to find out more about who he is or was and how much and what kind of work is out there. Thanks for the post.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    • Charlotte Tillotson Burgoyne

      I am the daughter of Charles Ephraim Tillotson and extreemly interested in the painting you have. He had always dreamed of being and artist, and encouraged at an early age. He was considered an artist as a child while attending Madison Grade School in Ogden. He had art lessons after school, completed a correspondence course in Commercial ARt, and later Studied at the Chicago Art Institut. He was given a position of ARt Instructor at Weber Normal College.

      April 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      • Joah Fussell

        Hi Charlotte, I wondered if you might be available for me to ask you a few questions regarding your father. If you have the time and can interview over the phone or either email, please reach out to me at I came across several drawings of CE Tillotson in the novels of Nephi Anderson that I have truly enjoyed, and wanted to find out more about the artist that produced the drawings. Thanks.

        May 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    • Joah Fussell

      Wow, I would love to see a picture of the original oil painting. If you have a picture you wouldn’t mind sharing, you can email me I would appreciate it

      December 20, 2022 at 9:23 pm

  2. I am so happy this mural was preserved!

    June 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

  3. Brooke LaBarr

    Hello K Ellertson, I know a little more about the artist if you’re interested. Email me at

    December 20, 2022 at 7:49 pm

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