Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spring City Ward: Chapel Details

The tower has one staircase that allows some great views of the windows as you ascend the tower.

The windows in the tower itself are beautiful, too.

From the balcony, other architectural details become apparent--like the carved wood across the ceiling.

The wood extends down the walls, ending in detailed carvings of winged cherubs.

It's a chapel unlike any other.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring City Ward: Chapel Interior

It's been a while since I posted my pictures of the Spring City chapel. At that time, I didn't have any pictures of the interior. But I was able to recently visit again and gain access to the chapel.

Here's the view upon climbing the small staircase in the tower, at the top of the balcony:

And the view from the main floor. Notice the detailed pulpit, the sacrament table (which is in front and center), and the arched windows.

It hasn't changed much:

(Source: Church History Library)

The u-shaped balcony adds to the beauty of this chapel. And, even though the chapel has been added onto on the north side...

The original wall was left intact. That means there are windows into the main chapel from the new lobby. I'm glad they left the walls and window, though--it sets the chapel apart and clearly shows what it originally was. I'll provide a post with some more details of what I liked next.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mapleton 1st and 2nd Wards

Located at the center of Mapleton was its original chapel. It was razed in 1936, and the current chapel was built in its place.

(Source: Church History Library)

According to a history of the chapel, it was mostly completed by 1938, and dedicated in 1941.

The chapel is on the left of the main doorway pictured here; the cultural hall is on the right.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Preservation Update: Work Continues on Manti Tabernacle

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It's been a few months since our last checkup on the Manti Tabernacle's major renovation. Let's see how things are going!

The tabernacle first closed last April, and the project was supposed to take 15 months. That means that, if all goes according to plan, it should be rededicated around July.

Since the last time I visited, the windows have been replaced and uncovered. A few more details have been added to the main tower, and the small towers on the corners have been uncovered, revealing that they are also now unpainted. I'm not sure if the wood towers look is going to stick around, or if it'll be painted. Now that I've seen them unpainted, I like the look.

There's still a lot of work going on--the 4 pillars on the addition to the tabernacle have been stripped and worn down.

Some work still needs to be done on the tower.

The eaves above the side entrances to the chapel were also originally unpainted, but in later years were white. Here, they're unpainted again.

I'm eager to see what progress is made on the tabernacle in the next few months. A lot of interior work is still going on--I tried peeking through as much as I could. I'll definitely post any updates that I can get!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Twenty-seventh Ward: Interior Details

This is the stained glass in the Relief Society room:

I also liked the details around the stage in the cultural hall:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Twenty-seventh Ward (Salt Lake)

This chapel, which stands in the avenues of Salt Lake City, was built in 1902.

These are the carvings above one of the entryways:

As you can guess, there is an abundance of stained glass in this building. I will include interior photos soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Preservation Update: Montpelier Tabernacle Rededicated, Tabernacles Map & Series

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I recently had the opportunity to present at the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium regarding the destruction and preservation of LDS Tabernacles. My research will be published in the symposium journal; however, I am going to take the opportunity to post a series on the history of LDS Tabernacles on this blog over the course of the summer. It won't be as detailed as my original research, but I look forward to also delving into some more details that I couldn't fit into my original paper.

Until then, I've created a Google Map that includes all of the tabernacles listed by Richard Jackson in his book, Places of Worship. I'll try adding more details to the map later, too. Green markers indicated tabernacles used by the Church; orange ones are tabernacles that have been sold but are still standing; red ones are tabernacles that have been demolished. I look forward to working more on this project.


The Montpelier Idaho Tabernacle's renovation is complete. It was rededicated on Sunday, April 26.


 For more information on the renovation, including the restoration of the two Minerva Teichert paintings, see my earlier post on the tabernacle. I'm glad to see that it has been wonderfully preserved. If I find more details on the rededication, I'll post them here.


The Wellsville Tabernacle is still closed as the Wellsville Foundation raises $150,000 to repair the roof. This article provides an update--they have about $50,000 so far, and should receive another $13,000 in grant funding shortly. That still leaves quite a bit of money to go--not all groups are as persistent as the Wellsville Foundation is, but thank heavens they are!

As always, I'll keep checking for updates on the historic chapels and tabernacles in Wellsville, Manti, and other locations, and provide updates here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Payson Third Ward: Entryway

Upon entering the building, there is a very simple yet elegant entryway. Going up, members can enter the chapel on the left and the cultural hall on the right; or they can go down the stairway on either side to the lower floor, which has offices and classrooms. The simplicity is still beautiful.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Payson Third Ward

(Source: Church History Library)

Located at the center of Payson, this building was constructed in 1931. The steeple is no longer part of it, though, and it's pretty clear it's been renovated a number of times.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sandy 2nd Ward

The Sandy Second Ward chapel was built in 1921 and is now on the National Historic Register list. Around 1967, it was sold to the Berean Baptist Church.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Twenty-first Ward: Interior & Stained Glass

 As mentioned in the last post, the stained glass from the old Twenty-first Ward chapel was saved and placed in the new chapel, directly in line with the podium.

I really like these windows, especially the phrases at the bottom. I'm glad they're still in use.