Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Springville 1st and 3rd Wards

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 Springville 3rd Ward used to have this remarkable building:

 (Source: Church History Library)

 However, it was abandoned and this building replaced it in 1950.

(Source: Church History Library)

 It still stands today near the center of Springville.

 There were several things I liked about this building, including its chapel:

There's an impressive view of organ pipes, and some nice stained glass windows. The cultural hall is also perpendicular, to the left of the chapel. It has a partition that can open, which would be an interesting way to view services.

 It also has glass windows so that people in the lobby can see inside the chapel.

Here's a better view of those stained glass windows:

 Although it appears they aren't original to the building. This is what the exterior chapel wall looks like now:

And here's a view of it before:

 (Source: Church History Library)

 You'll notice that the entire wall was basically windows, but none of them were stained glass.

Finally, I like the carvings around the doorways of this meetinghouse:

Simple, but they add a lot. It was a meetinghouse I just stumbled upon, but I'm glad I did.

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