Sunday, February 18, 2018

Grandview Ward (SLC)

Built in 1937, the Grandview Ward Chapel originally had some very unique modern elements, although most of these have been lost over time in remodels.

While the new building is still fairly unique and has retained some nice elements, it's a shame to have lost so many designs from the old building.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Loa Tabernacle

The tabernacle in Loa, Utah (also known as the Wayne Stake Tabernacle) was built in 1909. It is built of local stone and is one of the Church's finest examples of early 20th century architecture, especially considering the remote location of the town (even now).

(Image Source: Church History Library)

The building has been fairly well preserved. It's had a few additions from the 1940s and 1980s.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

The steeple used to house a small prayer room; the entire tower was replaced in the 1960s and the room was removed.

As for the interior, there have been quite a few changes.

It looks like the biggest difference is that the original choir loft and organ has been covered up. The loft itself still exists--you can see it on the building's exterior--but it likely houses other rooms. 

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This is still a wonderful building and a well-known example of Mormon Architecture, even though Loa is such a small town.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Pine Valley Tithing Office

The tithing office is located in the yard of the chapel. Some sources say it's the only tithing office that the Church still owns. It's now used as a classroom.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pine Valley Branch: Classrooms and Prayer Room

On the lower floor of the chapel is a classroom that can be used as chapel overflow, if needed. The pews here are not original, but were taken from the Beaver Ward chapel during a remodel.

At the front of the classroom is access to a small room that functions as the Relief Society Room. From here, a small staircase can be taken up to the chapel itself.

From the rostrum of the chapel, another small, narrow staircase takes you up to the prayer room on the top floor. This was only accessible by ladder until 1966. Tours mentioned that teachers would hold prayer meetings here prior to teaching their classes. Local leaders may have also held prayer circles in this room.

They have also added access from this room into the attic, so that visitors can see the curved beams that were used to build the ceiling of the chapel, in the manner of a ship's hull.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pine Valley Branch: Chapel Interior

Because of the sheer amount of visitors that were coming through this chapel (at 10 AM on a weekday), I wasn't able to get very good pictures. This building is fairly well documented, though.

The sacrament table and pulpit were added to the chapel during its 2004-2005 restoration.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pine Valley Branch

The Pine Valley Branch chapel, despite its rural location, is probably one of the more well-known chapels in LDS Architecture. Pine Valley was discovered in 1855 by Isaac Riddle and William Hamblin, whose cow had meandered into the valley during the night. It immediately became an important source of lumber for the Mormon corridor, even being used to construct the pipes of the organ in the Salt Lake tabernacle.

It is a beautiful location, higher in elevation and providing the waters of the Santa Clara River that weaves its way to the Virgin River. By the 1860s, a group of settlers was already there, and they selected Ebenezer Bryce to design a chapel. A shipbuilder, he designed the roof of the chapel to be built like the bottom of a ship--just inverted.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

The Pine Valley Chapel was completed by 1867, and it now claims to be the "oldest continuously used" Latter-day Saint chapel in use. (The meaning of this term is unclear. The Bountiful Tabernacle was built in 1863, although perhaps they differentiate it based on the term 'tabernacle,' although it was and is still used for ward meetings.)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sevier Ward: Exterior Details

Some of the windows have some cracks and need maintenance. The architectural details on this building are lovely!

It has significantly faded, but you can still see the original patterns in the stonework, when you get up close.