Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Ogden 6th Ward Exterior

This building was possibly built in 1909, but for sure by 1912 for the Ogden 6th Ward, who continually used the building until at least 1977. From approximately 1981 through 1986 the building was vacant. In 1987, the building had been sold to the Zion’s Spanish Assembly of God. I am unsure of who the owner is today, but the building sits vacant once again and in disrepair.

682 23rd Street
Ogden, UT
Built before 1912 (1909?) and Sold 1987
Currently vacant and in major disrepair
Click for Map Location of Building

3 responses

  1. seshat

    Having been to Ogden often enough, I know it’s not the city it once was, and doesn’t have the LDS population it once did. So I guess it’s not unreasonable that the church would need to sell a building in someplace like Ogden every now and then.

    What seems avoidably tragic is that the church sells its more beautiful, interesting buildings and replaces them with dark, ugly smelly buildings.

    So if it would just invest in good buildings, the loss of some of these older, more unique buildings wouldn’t be so grievous.

    Probably the argument is that unique buildings are too expensive, but one reason I quit going to church and thus quit paying tithing is that the church offered me nothing aesthetically meaningful. At some point I decided that a church that so embraced mediocrity and ugliness and eschewed beauty was spiritually dead.

    To your knowledge, has anyone done any sort of study in any denomination to see how beautiful churches translate into increased tithes/donations? I can’t help suspecting I’m not the only one reluctant to give money to a church unwilling to spend its funds on beautiful buildings conducive to worship, wonder and peace.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    • I am unaware of any such study, but it would be interesting to see. I think that most LDS members feel their buildings meet their needs and aren’t too concerned about whether the building is beautiful or not. It’s definitely something I notice, though, and the beauty (or lack) of a building definitely adds or takes away from every type of religious service I attend.

      May 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  2. Wren

    Thanks for writing this. I realize it’s an older post, but I’ve been curious about what it was and why it’s not been refurbished or re-purposed. I imagine, after being empty so long, that the state of disrepair makes it prohibitive for anyone to invest in it, and that is a true shame. It obviously was a fine building in its day.

    January 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm

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