Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Archive for June, 2011

Bonneville Ward Entry Lobby


The doors with the glass surround lead to the overflow space between the chapel and cultural hall which includes ample natural light and a fireplace with stone hearth. The doors to the right lead directly to the cultural hall.

1535 E Bonneview Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1949
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Bonneville Ward Stained Glass

1535 E Bonneview Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1949
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Bonneville Ward Chapel Interior

1535 E Bonneview Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1949
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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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UHF Road Trip to Cedar City


The Utah Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a road trip to Cedar City that may interest you. It is happening this Saturday, June 25th and will be visiting some of the great buildings in Iron County. Here is a link with more information. The itinerary is here and you can register here. They will be visiting several historic LDS meetinghouses in southern Utah, including the Parowan Rock Church, the Parowan 3rd Ward, and the Cedar City Old Rock Church. These are three significant chapels that I have not highlighted on this site yet.


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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Orchard 1st and 3rd Ward Exterior

261 E Center St
North Salt Lake, UT
Built 1967
Architect: Jackson and Sharp
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Brighton Branch Lobby


In the original plans, this was called the Multi-Purpose room and it had a wood-burning fireplace rather than the gas fireplace shown.

State Hwy 152
Brighton, UT
Built 1968, Addition in 2000?
Architect: Baird Young and Jones
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Brighton Branch Chapel Interior


One of the few buildings I’ve seen with not only windows at the front of the rostrum, but asymmetrical windows. And the glazing isn’t frosted. It really provides a nice connection with the outside surroundings.

State Hwy 152
Brighton, UT
Built 1968, Addition in 2000?
Architect: Baird Young and Jones
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Brighton Branch Chapel Interior


Curtains separating the chapel, overflow space and cultural hall.

State Hwy 152
Brighton, UT
Built 1968, Addition in 2000?
Architect: Baird Young and Jones
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Brighton Branch Exterior

State Hwy 152
Brighton, UT
Built 1968, Addition in 2000?
Architect: Baird Young and Jones
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Park City Ward Window

424 Park Ave
Park City, UT
Built 1900, Sold 1957
Now Blue Church Lodge apartments
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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Park City Ward Exterior

Early opposition to Mormons in Park City existed until about 1894, when mining companies agreed to start employing Mormon miners. As a result, Mormons began moving to this mining town, causing a need for a meeting space. Construction for the meetinghouse started in 1897. The partial building was destroyed in 1898 during Park City’s ‘Great Fire.’ Starting again on the same site, the building was completed in 1900. A 30-foot addition at the rear of the building was added from 1926-30. An Amusement hall was constructed in the basement in 1938. After members voted to build a new building on another site in 1957, the building was sold. Now the building has been remodeled into apartments and is called the Blue Church Lodge. During the remodel, the stained glass was replaced with insulated glass windows.

424 Park Ave
Park City, UT
Built 1900, Sold 1957
Now Blue Church Lodge apartments
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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Orchard 1st and 3rd Ward Chapel Interior

261 E Center St
North Salt Lake, UT
Built 1967
Architect: Jackson and Sharp
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Orchard 1st and 3rd Ward Chapel Interior

261 E Center St
North Salt Lake, UT
Built 1967
Architect: Jackson and Sharp
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Berkeley Ward Relief Society Room

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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Berkeley Ward Pipe Organ

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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Berkeley Ward Exterior Detail

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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Berkeley Ward Exterior Balconies


Small balconies coming off the Relief Society room.

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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Berkeley Ward Chapel Exit

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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Berkeley Ward Chapel Interior


The beautiful wood panel at the back slides down to allow for overflow into the cultural hall for larger meetings.

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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Berkeley Ward Chapel Interior


The window blinds were drawn for General Conference, so it was a bit dark, and I unfortunately didn’t have my tripod. As a result, the picture is a little grainier than I would like, but it’s a magnificent chapel. And the low light adds to the rustic feel from the exposed wooden trusses.

1501 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA
Built 1934
Architect: Theodore G Ruegg
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