Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Paris Tabernacle Chapel Interior

51 S Main St
Paris, ID
Built 1884-1888; Dedicated 1889 by Wilford Woodruff and George Q Cannon
Architect: Joseph Don Carlos Young
Map Location of Building

8 responses

  1. Aaron Sebright

    Oh my goodnes!!! I need to find some time to stop by there!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  2. seshat


    I googled Paris, Idaho, because I’d never heard of it. Wikipedia mentions the tabernacle, and says its seats in the neighborhood of 2,000 people, almost four times the population of Paris in the 2000 census, which was 576.

    so what can the church do with this amazing thing? I imagine it’s pretty expensive to maintain, and I also imagine the town of Paris doesn’t have the money to maintain it either and isn’t looking to accept it as a donation.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:46 am

    • Paul Slaughter

      I’m guessing the Paris, ID Stake uses it for Stake conference – Paris is small, but the Stake has 8 Wards in it.,9780,606-1-5-500070,00.html?

      Church News article:

      November 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    • It covers the whole region, which includes many more members. They give daily tours through the building and still use it for special occasions and conferences from what I understand. They recently remodeled the entire building, which cost a great deal of money, so I don’t think this building is in any danger of being sold. I believe the church considers it as one of the crown jewels.

      November 14, 2011 at 6:30 am

      • seshat

        I believe the church considers it as one of the crown jewels.


        Any idea how the church goes about deciding which jewels it will keep for the crown and which it will cast before swine? What the basic criteria for being something the church will invest in are? Given how many truly lovely historic chapels and tabernacles in more populated areas get sold off or demolished, it all seems pretty capricious to an observer.

        November 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

  3. Th.


    My grandparents used to give tours of the tabernacle about eight years ago. I don’t know how much traffic they had, but I’ll ask.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  4. Th.


    Lots, apparently, and from all over. Though I didn’t quite get a straight answer re: what either of those meant.

    November 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    • The current guides also said they received lots of visitors as well.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

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