Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Blackfoot 1st Ward Exterior

If anyone has info on this building, I would welcome it. Right now I only have the dates of construction from the marker on the front of the building.

187 N Ash
Blackfoot, ID
Built 1928-33
Map Location of Building

4 responses

  1. Wish i had more info that’s my home town. I know the interior is quite unique, and the chapel has a separate mothers room high in the back seperated from the main chapel by glass.

    I would recommend checking out the Blackfoot tabernacle. Now a funeral home and formerly a civic center. Its quite interesting.

    also immediately behind the tabernacle is Blackfoot’s first Seminary Building. It has a domed foyer. Now it houses a law office, but the lawyers are friendly to the church.

    I love the work you are doing. We have such a rich history of buildings in the church.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

  2. Merlin Hansen

    My family on both sides attend there. One aunt, 90+ still lives in the ward. My grandfather was the caretaker there for several years. I probably have some pictures of the inside, but mostly of family events, like Thanksgiving dinner for a hundred or so. Any interest?

    March 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  3. Mike

    I grew up in this building. It was not until I saw a picture of this building sitting in the middle of a field, with no other buildings around it that I realized how unique this building is. It was built in the shape of a cross. The Cultural Hall and handicap access to the chapel were added later. The building has a transept (with two semitransepts) and a nave (which is sloped like a movie theatre) and chancel (where the rostrum is located and is now called the chapel). The building originally had three rose windows. The one on the front (east side) is still intact. The rose windows on the north and south sides were removed during a renovation. They have been replaced with vents. The ceiling is a coffered ceiling. I will call it that for now. I think there is another name for it, but I don’t remember it at this time. If I remember right the windows on the north and south sides of the chapel opened for ventilation. They tilted in. The windows on the sides of the rostrum have been covered over in the chapel, but can still be seen in one of the mechanical rooms. The furnace was originally coal fired, but has been converted to natural gas. The chapel walls are decorated with a raised relief wall covering. At the back of the chapel there is a cry room. On the east end of the building there are two bell towers. The south one contains stairs to access the building. The north one is where the bishop’s offices are located. There is a semi-basement where classrooms are located. The cultural hall was added along with a kitchen, bathroom and relief society area. This was added to the west end of the original building. There used to be a nail in the wall at the south end of the basement hall, where a bunch of us would hold hands, shuffle down the hall then touch the nail. Static electricity gives quite a jolt. The stairway on the south-east, leading to the basement was lined with mattress pads at Halloween time. The older boys would throw the younger kids down the stairs to get to the spook alley that was being held. Oh well, better stick to business. If you are interested in photos of the exterior and interior of the building, let me know.

    May 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    • claire

      I would love pictures of the interior. I’m visiting Blackfoot soon and I might be going to the ward in this building.

      June 24, 2016 at 1:08 pm

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