Thursday, March 26, 2015

Seventeenth Ward (Salt Lake)

The Salt Lake Seventeenth Ward is less unique because of its actual building and more unique because of the stained glass depiction of the first vision that it houses.

This is the original Seventeenth Ward chapel:

The structure was (most unfortunately) demolished in 1966. I can't help but notice its strong resemblance to the Malad City 2nd Ward Chapel and the Brigham City 4th Ward Chapel. At least the stained glass was preserved.

The only other thing of note is the fact that the stake center's steeple is clearly a recent addition--you can tell without looking at an older photo, but here's one, anyway:

(Source: Church History Library)

I guess the goal was to make it look more like a Church--and it sort of does--but it sort of makes it look like the building can't decide which type of architecture it is. In any case, I will provide interior pictures soon.


  1. I've been attending church services in this building since 1985. The steeple was added in Spring 2015 and I think it's atrocious. It doesn't match the style of the building in the least and the bright white color doesn't work either. The painting you're curious about appears to be the late LDS prophet David O. McKay, although I don't know any more than that about it.

    A few years ago there was talk about building a new chapel on the property immediately to the east, which once housed the Salt Lake Home care center, also owned by the LDS Church. It didn't happen though. The current building is obsolete in its design and is too small to house the three LDS congregations that meet there each Sunday. There is only one hall that runs the length of the building which creates traffic jams. The cultural hall (gymnasium) is on the opposite end of the building from the chapel and so is not available for overflow seating. There are constant problems with the heating and cooling, and the flat roof is prone to leakage.

    1. I'd have to agree, that steeple is just weird. But hopefully, if they do replace the building in the future, they can do better at designing a chapel that lives up to the stained glass! Thanks for the information!

  2. Whoever chooses the spires to add on to already existing buildings needs to do better. There are many buildings whose architectural integrity are being lessened by the mismatching of building and spire. In my opinion, of course.

    1. It appears to be a Church policy at this time, and it's really not necessary. Steeples are now considered necessary in order to identify a building as a Church.