Mesa 2nd Ward Chapel Interior
Somehow I neglected to post interior images of this chapel. Similar to the Logan 1st Ward, this chapel has a center aisle. But also notice that the pulpit is off-center and to the right side of the rostrum.
15 W 1st Ave
Architect: Louis Alexander
Chapel Built 1934
Click for Map Location of Building
this is stunning. The lines,light and color are breathtakingly gorgeous. Something like this, compared to so many contemporary LDS chapels, illustrates the difference between deliberate, carefully achieved elegant austerity, and just the plain old absence of thought or intention. Unadorned as it is, this chapel has a profound dignity that lends itself to reverence and spiritual readiness that modern LDS chapels absolutely lack.
August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Beautiful. I’ve seen the outside of this building so many times (I live in Mesa), but I’d never seen the inside before… I had heard rumors that it wasn’t originally an LDS building, but I guess those aren’t true?
August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Correct – it has always been an LDS building.
September 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Many fond memories of this building from my mission.
August 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm
I appreciate this post. It offers a beautiful look at yet another unique building. One thing (and I am certain you knew this already), the reason for the off-center pulpit is in order that the sacrament table could be at the center of everyone’s worship. Somewhere along the lines (and I am sure you may know this) they changed it around so the sacrament table would be to the side. This was for obvious practicality purposes. Again, love your website.
September 1, 2011 at 11:41 am