Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Hollywood Stake Tabernacle Exterior

Sunrise breaking through a foggy morning on one of the greatest buildings ever built by the LDS Church.

1209 S Manhattan Pl
Los Angeles, CA
Built 1928
Architect: Pope and Burton
Map Location of Building


7 responses

  1. seshat


    Do we still own and use this one?

    October 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

  2. Yes we do. ON the website there is a find places of worship tool, you can type in an address and it shows the chapel for it.{a:”1209+S+Manhattan+Pl”,c:”Los+Angeles”,s:”CA”,p:”90019″,n:”United+States”,lat:34.049115255475044,lng:-118.31021457910538,z:1

    October 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    • seshat

      I’m glad to know that it’s still owned by the church and in use, but I try to visit as seldom as possible, because the whole site just creeps me out. Just now I clicked on the link you provided, and it absolutely would not let me back click out of the site. I swear, it’s so damn Big Brother-ish, even down to calling the tool “find places of worship” when LDS meeting houses aren’t, by and large, places of worship–they’re meeting houses, the church’s official name for them. People have meetings in LDS buildings, and they listen to people give obligatory talks. That’s one reason LDS buildings can be so corporate and soulless: because they accommodate and house meetings, not worship, and thus don’t have to inspire reverence or awe or the feelings associated with worship.

      When you make something your highest ideal, you tend to live up to it, and Mormons value correlation above all else. LDS architecture would be very different if it were intended to facilitate worship instead of exhortation and correlation. I can’t help wondering as well how Mormons would be different people if they engaged in worship instead of exhortation and correlation.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

      • MC

        Can’t you find another website to grind your ax?

        November 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  3. The building is still owned by the Church — it houses the Adams, Olympic (Korean), and Wilshire Wards in the Los Angeles Stake. I don’t think it houses the stake offices anymore — that is over at the Westwood building behind the temple (another beautiful LA-area Church building. Wait until our host posts photos of the interior of the “Hollywood” chapel — he doesn’t exaggerate when he says its one of the greatest buildings built by the Church. The other benefit is the El Cholo restaurant around the corner!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

  4. Bill West

    I discoverd Richard Jackson’s Places of Worship book about a year ago. Therein I discovered this building. Someday I hope to see it in person (rather than having to admire via Google Streetview images). Can’t wait for more pictures!

    October 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

  5. SWSimpson

    The outside of this building is truly beautiful in architecture and design. Would have loved to see the inside; but maybe I can pick a date to attend services there sometime soon.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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