Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Spring City Ward Pulpit

164 S Main
Spring City, UT
Built 1902
Click for Map Location of Building

4 responses

  1. seshat

    I really love that there’s just a lectern here, not a big stand that stretches the width of the chapel–seems radically democratic, not to mention thoroughly protestant.

    It just occurred to me how much some of the bigger rostrums or pulpits or whatever they’re called in LDS meetinghouses look like altars, even though the only thing we really need an altar for would be preparing the sacrament, but that doesn’t seem to be the right terminology or nuance for that space either….

    July 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    • Yes, I really like this too. The metal rails and red curtains are serving the privacy purposes of the long rostrum we have today. Back then, women wore longer dresses and didn’t sit on the stand (that I know of) so there was no need for a “screen” which is why the older buildings didn’t have them.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      • seshat

        Seriously?! the real point of that huge rostrum is so nobody can look up women’s skirts?

        That might make sense if we had women bishops and women regularly sat on the stand–especially the first row.

        Are you sure it’s not so no one will have to watch the second counselor adjust his testicles?

        July 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

  2. K Watson

    The building was actually begun in the mid 1890’s and not completed for usage until 1911, dedicated in 1914. The 1902 guess comes from the inscription on the front which might have been put there at the same time the chapel was incorporated (found in a newspaper article.)

    September 14, 2016 at 10:36 pm

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