Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Archive for July, 2011

Miscellaneous

Excited that four of my photos from this project are in the Salt Lake Tribune today! Here’s a link online, but I went and bought the print version and it’s even better. The image with the Seagull and Beehive detail from the Sunset ward in San Francisco is about half the size of the front page of the Faith section.

The tour of meetinghouses for this Wednesday is shaping up very nicely. I just got access to several buildings I didn’t think we’d get into. And I got the contact info for one of the building owners of a vacant building in the most random way while I was visiting another building in another city several months ago. I still can’t believe it.


Lorin Farr 3rd Ward Exterior

I stumbled upon this building recently and was struck by its use of local stone which ties it to the surrounding landscape quite nicely. I am unsure of the original name of the building or its date of construction.

Lorin Farr 3rd Ward
1570 E 1300 S
Ogden, UT
Click for Map Location of Building


Spring City Ward Sacrament Table


Centered in the room and in front of the pulpit, this is the focal point of the service and of the chapel space. As a previous commenter stated, this is an altar, but we don’t call it that for some reason, so I reverted back to the much more practical ‘Sacrament Table.’

164 S Main
Spring City, UT
Built 1902
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Spring City Ward Pulpit

164 S Main
Spring City, UT
Built 1902
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Spring City Ward Balcony Vestibule


I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I love that the slotted grille at the top of the door is a beehive.

164 S Main
Spring City, UT
Built 1902
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Spring City Ward Chapel Interior

164 S Main
Spring City, UT
Built 1902
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Ogden 49th Ward Chapel Ceiling

4210 S 300 W
Riverdale, UT
Built 1959
Architect: Arthur Mueller
Click for Map Location of Building


From Diversity to Unity: the Transition of LDS Meetinghouses from Beautiful to Functional

You are all invited to a presentation I will be offering next month in Ogden, Utah.
Date: Saturday, August 6th
Time: 2:00-3:00pm

The fate of LDS meetinghouses has followed the fate of design and construction in America with a move to the suburbs and standardization. Cost and functional requirements now trump aesthetic and spatial concerns in these packaged products sent to wards and stakes worldwide. The presentation will show distinctive features of LDS meetinghouses around the world, review standard plan development from its inception through today, show positive and negative consequences that have resulted from these correlated designs, and ask if it is possible to build both functional and beautiful standardized buildings.

Registration and Program links.


Our Rich Meetinghouse Heritage: An Ogden Tour of LDS Architecture

You are all invited to a building tour I will be offering next month in Ogden, Utah.
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd
Time: 2:30-6:00pm

Studies of LDS architecture generally focus on temples, ignoring the richness of our meetinghouse heritage. Although contemporary meetinghouses are typically patterned on only a few pragmatic designs, older meetinghouses are frequently very beautiful and highly unique when compared not only to churches in other religions, but also to each other. They also serve as an interesting commentary on the growth and development of the Church–particularly in a survey of which buildings have been retained and which have been sold off.

Northern Utah, not surprisingly, has an abundance of architecturally significant LDS buildings. In Ogden alone, eleven chapels built prior to 1930 are still standing. However, only two of these are still owned by the LDS church. Additionally, Ogden has several mid-century unique and interesting chapels pre-dating Correlation. This workshop will offer a tour of the most significant of these beautiful buildings in the greater Ogden area. Information presented will highlight the history and significance of each building, exterior and interior design features and detailing, and, as available, a review of plans and photos.

Registration and Program links.


Ogden 49th Ward Chapel Interior Detail

4210 S 300 W
Riverdale, UT
Built 1959
Architect: Arthur Mueller
Click for Map Location of Building


Nephi 3rd Ward Chapel Interior

351 N 100 W
Nephi, UT
Built: 1959
Architect: John N Clawson
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Nephi 3rd Ward Chapel Exterior

351 N 100 W
Nephi, UT
Built: 1959
Architect: John N Clawson
Click for Map Location of Building


Nephi 3rd Ward Exterior

351 N 100 W
Nephi, UT
Built: 1959
Architect: John N Clawson
Click for Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 34th Ward Exterior

131 N 900 W
Salt Lake City, UT
Built 1921; Sold 1984
Now Miracle Rock Church
Click for Map Location of Building


Salt Lake 31st Ward Exterior

1140 S 900 E
Salt Lake City, UT
Now Realms of Inquiry private school
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