Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wilson Ward (Ogden)

The Wilson Ward, located just west of the freeway near Ogden, was built in 1885. It had an addition built about 20 years later, and now it serves as private residences (it looks like there are several units).

Fortunately, the main chapel doesn't look like it has been subdivided.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Salt Lake 28th Ward

The Salt Lake 28th Ward chapel, built in 1902, matches the same floor plan of many of the chapels built at that time. It has a oval-shaped cultural hall in the back which sets it apart, but that was built later.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

The building now serves as a group home.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Preservation Update: Pioneer Temple Renovations

Today in General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced that the Salt Lake Temple, as well as other pioneer-era temples, will be renovated in the coming months and years. What does this mean for the historic architecture that is contained within?

Salt Lake Temple Celestial Room

The least surprising of these announcements is the Salt Lake Temple. The St. George and Logan Temples received substantial renovations in the 1970s, and the Manti Temple had a large one in the 1980s. The Salt Lake Temple, while it did receive some treatment in the 1960s, is largely overdue for sensitive treatment, particularly in terms of seismic stability.

I am not too concerned about the architecture, murals, paintings, stained glass, and other historic features of these temples being disturbed. Since 1980, and in recent renovations, the Church has shown incredible sensitivity in restoring its historic buildings to modern standards while preserving the historic features.

Manti Temple Spiral Staircase

It's possible that there may be a few changes, but I would be surprised if there were any that weren't absolutely necessary. I also doubt that the Church would remove the live endowment in the Salt Lake and Manti Temples, since these are the only places where it can be experienced. I also am not sure if the Manti Temple needs a major renovation, since it received one in the past 40 years. (The same applies to the Cardston Temple.)

Logan Temple World Room, pre-renovation

Meanwhile, a renovation for the Logan and St. George Temples could only be beneficial, particularly for the Logan Temple. Hopefully a renovation there would restore the murals, and possibly some type of progression, if possible, as well as making the building's feel to match the timeline in which the temple was built. The St. George temple could also have more of its murals restored/recreated while sensitively updating the building's architecture.

St. George Garden Room, pre-renovation
I will keep a close eye on announcements about these renovations and post my thoughts here.

Belvedere Ward (California)

The Belevedere Ward was built in 1925, but it looks considerably different than its original appearance.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

The main changes are to the tower (I much preferred the original) and the portion that comes out on the right, which no longer has an entrance. The chapel is on the right in the back, facing south from the rest of the building.

In spite of the heavy remodels, the chapel still has a nice appearance.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hyrum First Ward: Interior

Since the Hyrum First Ward is privately owned, I couldn't take pictures of the interior. However, I did find a video that has an interview with the (at that time) owner, and included some photos of the chapel.

I hope the building is still being maintained on the interior!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hyrum First Ward

Work on the Hyrum First Ward began in 1903, and it was completed in 1905.

(Image Source: LDS Church History Library)

This building is magnificent. An annex was built onto the west end in 1913. It was done in the late Gothic Revival style by an architect from Logan, Karl C. Schaub. It's stone foundation is four feet high.

(Image Source: LDS Church History Library)

The building appears in rough shape, but it is privately owned--and a lot to keep up. The brick has been painted white. It was donated to Hyrum City sometime in the 1970s; the city subsequently sold it at a silent auction. It's been used for a variety of purposes since then. It appears to be used as some type of a private residence right now. There were a lot of birds being kept in the yard.

One of the original entrances in the tower has been blocked off, but the other remains. I'll post some other pictures soon.