Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bonneville Ward (Provo)

Note: This post is one in a series that focuses on LDS architecture that is not historic, but that departs from standard cookie-cutter plans to become unique and beautiful in a different way. To see all of these posts, click here.

The Provo Bonneville Ward was dedicated in 1952.

(Source: Church History Library)



The motif of repeated squares is actually on all of the banisters of the building. It's a small touch, but a nice one.




The 'tower room' is actually currently the Young Women's room.


But, the Relief Society room has a nice fireplace. 


This is what it looks like from the back:


This meetinghouse actually has a scout room that includes its own stage (the signs call it "little theatre"):


What's more, the cultural hall (read: gym) is massive. One ward member told me it's the largest one in the Church. The BYU women's basketball team used it as their practice facility for many years--the area that houses stake offices used to be where they had a locker room.



Finally, the chapel itself has an interesting display of organ pipes, detailed light fixtures on the sides, and an abundance of natural light (although not at the time I visited):



4 comments:

  1. Where is this building located?

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    1. It is on 900 East and Center Street (more or less) in Provo. I believe there's also a Bonneville ward in the Salt Lake Valley.

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  2. Thank you for posting this. I lived in Provo when I was three years old in the red apartments right behind. This is the first church I remember going to. It will always have fond memories for me.

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    1. That's one of the major advantages of having unique chapels--we form a connection to the building that you don't quite get when it's a regular cookie cutter meetinghouse. I really liked this chapel, too.

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