Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Milwaukee Branch Rendering

(Image from Deseret News 03 Sep 1932)

A commenter on this site clued me in to this gorgeous old English style chapel that was the first LDS-built meetinghouse in Milwaukee. The triangular-shaped property was purchased during the Great Depression at the convergence of West Roosevelt Drive, West Leon Terrace Drive and North 44th Street. The members raised $33,534.33 for their building that was budgeted to cost $50,000. Local Wisconsin Lannon stone was secured for the exterior instead of the red brick that was in the original design. Construction began Aug 8, 1932 and was dedicated by President Heber J Grant on June 13, 1933. Seating capacity of the chapel was 400, with a social hall, dining room, kitchen and ten classrooms.

After over 50 years of use and with few members left in the area, the building was sold in 1986, but then repurchased and bought back in 1997 when growth to the area returned. After purchasing the building it was noted that even the church name remained in tile work above the main door. If anyone has pictures or can obtain good pictures of the interior and exterior of this building, I would be very interested in speaking with you.

4422 W Leon Terrace
Milwaukee, WI
Built 1932-33; Sold 1986; Purchased 1997
Map Location of Building


6 responses

  1. Chris B

    This drawing reminds me a lot of the style and massing of the Colonial Heights chapel in Portland OR completed about the same time…. maybe just a coincidence, but it’d be intersting to know if they have the same design pedigree. Do you know if this was designed by someone local to Milwaukee?

    October 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    • Great question – I don’t know the architect of this building yet. But the Colonial Heights building was indeed built at a similar time (1928) by Charles F Kaufman. So it is definitely possible.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

  2. Google street view has some okay images.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

    • Yes, the street view photos are definitely getting better in quality.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

  3. Levi

    I have a few pictures of the interior and one of the exterior… They arent the best pictures though. I served my mission in Milwaukee.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  4. I went to Church activities as a youth in this building – incredible!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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