Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Millcreek Ward

In southern Salt Lake City used to stand one of the oldest chapels built in the valley--the adobe chapel belonging to the Millcreek Ward.

(Image Source: Church History Library)
Ground was broken for this chapel in 1866, and I believe that it wasn't fully completed (the original portion, anyway) until 1875. A recreation hall was added in 1915.

You will notice the large stained glass window in the front, but first, let me point out that a few smaller stained glass windows were along the sides of the chapel.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

According to some sources, these windows rolled in on freight wagons in 1866, making them some of the, if not the oldest, stained glass in the church. (In a later conversation with an employee of the Church History Department, I was told that they were added in 1910, but I never got to clarify if we were talking about the windows on the sides of the chapel, or the large window at the front, which was certainly added around 1910. So there's some confusion on that part.)

The large window at the front was donated by Jane Gardner Miller. She was also one of the donors of the stained glass that sits in the Murray First Ward's chapel. Apparently, she had a moving experience upon seeing the stained glass and thinking of the words to the Psalm: "The Lord is my Shepherd."

(Image Source: Church History Library)
There was originally one window that faced outward. A matching window that faced inward, and so could be enjoyed by Latter-day Saints who worshiped in the chapel, was added around 1937.

This chapel was demolished in 2002. It was about 130 years old at that time! I'm sad that it couldn't be preserved--however, the large stained glass window was moved to a nearby building at that time. I'll show pictures of its new location in my next post.

(Image Source: Church History Library)


  1. An organ was installed in 1936, according to a list provided by the Reuter Organ Co. The pipe chamber filled the alcove that housed the original stained-glass window, so apparently they decided to add a backlit copy of the window inside the chapel, framed by facade pipes for the organ.


    1. Grant, thanks for that info. I didn't know the organ led to the stained glass copy, but I have seen pictures of the window flanked by the pipes on the interior, so it does make sense. Thanks!