Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Preston 1st Ward Exterior

A beautiful and very unique mid-century meetinghouse. Unfortunately the chapel interior has been updated and does not reflect the styling of the exterior anymore.

213 S 200 E
Preston, ID
Click for Map Location of Building

6 responses

  1. Curtis R. Allen

    This was my home ward during my teens. I watched the old building being torn down and this one being built. In the foyer, there was a beautiful painting of fir trees on a mountianside painted by Henri Moser.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

    • Do you happen to know what year it was built? Or the architect who designed it?

      August 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

  2. Curtis R. Allen

    I don’t know an exact date but it would have been about 1939 based on when my family moved into the ward in 1938. There is a similar-looking building in Bountiful at the corner of 4th East and 4th North. It is now a Baptist Church.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    • Very cool – thanks. The building is older than I expected. I actually drive by that building in Bountiful all the time but had no idea it used to be LDS. I’ll definitely have to check it out now.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

  3. Curtis R. Allen

    Some years ago, I was helping a friend in Rexburg prepare for the fifty year anniversary of the dedication of the idaho Falls Temple. My role was to locate the families of the contractors, artists, etc. that worked on the temple. Most of them were from Utah and invite them to a dinner that was to be part of the jubilee. In the process, I met Richard Jackson, one of the architects that worked for the Church, during that temple’s design. He also worked in the design of the Los Angeles. I visited him at his home in the Holladay area. His main activity during his retirement was gathering information, paritcularly photos, of buildings used by the Church around the couintry. He had this collection in looseleaf binders on shelfs all around a fairly large room in his basement. I had lived in several areas of the country and gave him copies of photos I had. Later, when my wife and I served as Church Service Missionaries in the Church History Library/Archives, I was given an assignment to make a list of all the buildings that had been called “Tabernacles” over the years in the Church. I spent about a month gathering the inofrmation and the large majority of it came from a book prepared by Richard. Each building’s listing had a small architectural pserpective line drawing of the building, location, and other information. The book is available for viewing at the library, in its new building. It may be of use to you.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    • Wonderful – thank you Curtis. I do have a copy of Richard Jackson’s book and it is a fantastic resource.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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