Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Heber 2nd Ward Exterior

Apparently, the beautiful design and detailing of this English Gothic Parish church caused hard feelings for the other two wards in Heber that built meetinghouses at the same time. The site was purchased in 1913 and housed a Methodist church which was moved and used by the Center Creek ward. Construction began in 1914 and was mostly done by ward members. By 1915 the building was completed, paid off, and dedicated by Apostle Francis Lyman on Dec 26, 1915. Classrooms for Sunday School were located beneath the capacity 400-seat chapel. In 1954, the newly created 5th Ward also began to use the building which led to a new and much larger stake center to be built several blocks away during the 1960’s. Eventually the building was sold to the Catholic Church which still holds services to this day.

5 S 100 W
Heber, UT
Built 1915
Architect: Joseph Nelson
Sold 1960’s; Now St Lawrence Catholic Church
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Map Location of Building


4 responses

  1. seshat

    What a freaking gorgeous church.

    I guess we can at least be proud that Mormons once understood and valued beauty, even if they just sell it off now because it’s too much trouble to maintain.

    I hope you photos of the interior of this one.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    • I agree that it is spectacular. The architect was out of Provo and did really well on this building. He also did the City-County building in Provo. I wasn’t able to get inside yet, but will be going back again soon. I was really happy to see such a beautiful building not only still standing, but still in use, and still in really good condition. It is definitely disappointing that it was sold, though.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

  2. JG

    When the Lord returns, if he ever pays a visit to Heber, I have a hard time imagining he’d want to refer to a bland cookie-cutter building with a cinderblock gym his “House,” instead of this place.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

  3. seshat

    Are those lilac bushes at the front? You’d never see a flowering plant like that around an LDS meeting house now.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

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