Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

San Bernardino 1st Ward Exterior

The city and valley of San Bernardino were founded by Mormon pioneers sent by Brigham Young. However, it would be many years before Church members would build their own Chapel. Ground was broken in 1930 when the congregation was still a Branch. LDS member William Harber was selected as both the architect and builder on the project. The building was completed and dedicated some time in 1933. I was unable to find an exact date. By 1935 the Branch had grown large enough to become a Ward. From this point until 1942, money was raised to add a Recreation Hall and additional classrooms in a separate building. Part of this newer building can be seen in the left side of the photo. Construction began in May of that year and was dedicated on October 9, 1943 by Marvin O. Ashton of the Presiding Bishopric. I have not as yet been able to find out when the building was sold, but it may have been in January 1975 when a new Stake Center in the city was dedicated. The building now functions as a Christian Baptist Church.

901 F Street
San Bernardino, CA
Built 1933; Sold 1975?
Architect: William Harber
Now Iglesia Cristiana Bautista
Map Location of Building


2 responses

  1. 2thdocbob

    I put the question out to a group of long-time members who might be able to answer your question on when the building was sold. I believe it was sometime in the 60’s. This building was most notable for its stained glass windows, which were left in the building. Bishop Eastwood was able to obtain the First Vision window, which hung in the Third Ward chapel until 2003, when it was removed, and placed in the Redlands Temple. It stands behind the recommend desk in the entry to the temple. It is my understanding that the church was also able to obtain most of the other windows.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  2. There are also a lot of old pictures of this building on the group website as well. If no one gets back to you and you want to be more proactive I’m sure you can join the group and ask yourself!

    April 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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