Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

New Orleans Ward Exterior

Built right off the Historic St Charles streetcar line, this chapel was custom built (not a standard plan) in the 1980’s to meet the local historic district codes. The building was not damaged during Hurricane Katrina since it is raised up from ground level. Only several feet of water flooded. The building is small and has a single multi-purpose space that doubles as the chapel and cultural hall. As such, there are current plans to extend the building thirty-two feet to the west where a grassy area now exists.

3613 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
Built early 1980’s
Click for Map Location of Building

6 responses

  1. seshat

    was the steeple original to the design? It looks sort of weird, partly because of the color…. is it more graceful in real life?

    May 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    • It’s probably the picture more than anything. The sun was exactly in the wrong place when I took the picture and I was trying to get an image of the entire building. I’m posting a better picture of the steeple today. Having said that, the steeple was original, but is not integral with the building. Like many other LDS chapels, it was simply placed on the roof and looks rather awkward from the parking lot.

      May 23, 2011 at 6:19 am

      • seshat

        Yeah, the new photo does make it look less incongruous.

        May 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

  2. Jay S

    On a visit a few years ago I saw this from the streetcar line. I didn’t know it was there, but caught a glimpse of it and new right away what it was. It seemed to fit the neighborhood, but was unmistakeably an LDS church.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    • Th.


      I would say THAT’s what we should be going for.

      May 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      • Yes – there are several things I really like about this chapel. It is in an urban center close to transit, it fronts two street edges with the building and has the parking behind, it has a main entrance, and it has been adapted to the local area.

        May 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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