Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Provo 1st Ward Chapel Interior

195 S 100 E
Provo, UT
Built 1928
Architect: Pope & Burton
Click for Map Location of Building


7 responses

  1. Paul Slaughter

    Any idea what’s behind the doors/panels behind the choir pews on the stand?

    May 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    • Great observation Paul – I didn’t even notice the panels when I was there or I would have opened one. I checked the plans and there is only a small space between the panels and the exterior wall – maybe 12″. So now I need to go back and see what’s back there.

      May 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  2. L. Mark Evans

    I recently (last Sunday) visited this building, and was told that the panels behind the choir pews are book and material storage closets. They were added first and then the organ was added later, which came from another building.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  3. DK

    When our ward moved into this building, I assumed there was storage space behind the panel doors. But the space is very shallow, only 2-3 inches in depth. You could put one, maybe two hymnbooks, vertical and facing forward, but that’s about all the space there is. The panel doors provide access to wiring and conduit for the organ. Other than that, it’s bare plaster walls behind the doors.
    There is no sacrament preparation area. The sacrament trays are stored and prepared in the kitchen, in the northeast wing.
    Photos from the time of the chapel’s dedication by Heber J. Grant (in BYU Library’s on-line collections) show a shallow recess that echoes the ceiling lines. That is consistent with the few other Pope & Burton buildings I have visited.
    There was apparently an Arizona meetinghouse built on the same plan of three wings extending from a hexagonal foyer. When that building was to be demolished, the Provo 1st Ward’s bishop Valgardson arranged for the pipe organ from that building to be purchased (some say he purchased it himself) and installed here. That happened in the 1960s-1970s, by my guess.
    I’ve heard that the building will be closed in 2014 for seismic and other retro-fitting.

    November 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    • DK

      By “consistent with other Pope & Burton buildings,” I mean only that rooflines are often echoed in other architectural details. Didn’t mean to imply that their buildings typically have a shallow recess behind the podium and choir.
      The organ case was designed to fit within the contour of the recess.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  4. jack smit

    so this is where the bishop teaches people to honer ladys and not men
    to teach people how promise to pay back thousand of dollars that they take form family members

    they teach how to beake the 10 commandments
    that shall honer your mother and father wished stealing money that was to be gave from there father to a nephew is not honering this
    to promise to pay back in over 17 years is not what god wants

    but yet this seems to be what they teach here
    in the provo first ward

    they pay back money taked to ladys but not men
    this is what the mormon church teaches

    a mans wife died from lack of this money
    provo first ward killed her

    and bishop bill seems not to care
    the bishop says that there is nothing he can do
    he seems to think that it is all right
    maybe this is what they teach behind those doors

    October 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    • Corridor5

      Jack, your comments make no sense.

      December 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

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