Sunday, July 31, 2016

Murray First Ward: Exterior Stained Glass

I have posted on the Murray First Ward chapel--its original building, and the new building where the stained glass was moved--a long time ago. Only recently was I able to visit the chapel at night, when the exterior window is lit from behind.

(Image Source: J. Willard Marriott Library)
It's quite a beautiful sight.


The Sunstone Magazine had small photos of the stained glass, as it was before it was moved to the original building. It leads to some interesting comparisons.

(Image Source: Sunstone Magazine)


Not only has the panel of Christ has been flipped, but so have the landscape panels on the sides. I'm not sure what the reason for this was.


It was common for stained glass to be ordered from the eastern United States; the pieces would be shipped to Utah and assembled by a local company. This explains the depiction of Christ, which has several traits that are unusual for a Mormon chapel (the haloed head, the feminine features).

Delicate fleur-de-lis symbols grace the top windows; the side panels depict a beautiful landscape.



There are some concerns I have. First of all, some of the plexiglass--particularly on the left side--has become clouded over time, making it difficult to see the window. You can see this in the image below: the panels on the left look cloudy.

What's more, the left landscape panel has a square near the bottom that was later replaced with a dark green piece of glass, and a small piece is missing next to one of the flowers at the bottom. This obviously occurred a while ago--you can see those things in the older image, as well. However, the left landscape panel is also beginning to bend outward at the bottom. This is really concerning.


Plexiglass is almost always placed over stained glass to protect it from wind and vandalism; however, it also traps heat in between the stained glass and the exterior plexiglass, which over time can melt the lead that holds the pieces of glass together. I hope this window gets looked at soon, and that the plexiglass can be cleaned.


Along the bottom is a note about the donation--on the left is "In Memory of Reuben Miller"; on the right is "In Memory of James R. Miller." The window was donated by Mary Jane Gardner Miller and Margaret Gardner Miller, in memory of their husbands, James and Reuban, who had passed away. The center panel says "Donated by J.P. Freeze and H.W. Brown." I was unaware of the involvement of these two individuals in the window.

Mary Jane Gardner Miller, incidentally, also donated the window that stood in the Millcreek Ward.


This window is absolutely lovely. I guess it would be nice if it could be seen from the chapel, as well, but it's nice that it's automatically lit at night. I hope this window can continue to be preserved for years to come.

(Image Source: Sunstone Magazine)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Morgan Stake Tabernacle

The tabernacle in Morgan, Utah is old. Well, sort of. The building's had a lot of changes. You can tell that just by looking at the pictures.

(Image Source: Church History Library)
The building was first built in 1878. In 1893, it completely burned down, leaving only the walls standing. They were able to salvage some seats and the organ, though.

It was rebuilt and rededicated in 1901, and has been extensively remodeled many times since then. Most recently, it underwent a huge remodel in 2008. They sensitively added onto the building (except for the steeple...I'm not a fan of the steeple.)


I'll be showing interior pictures in the next post.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Edgehill Ward

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 Edgehill Ward (near Sugarhouse) was built about 1941.

(Image Source: Church History Library) 
The landscaping is done very well--the staircase up to the chapel (there's on on either side) gives it a grand feel.

I did poke around the interior of this building, but there wasn't too much unique inside to document.


(Image Source: Church History Library)
What's more, I actually like the details they added later (even if it replaced the unique writing on the front of the building).


What should be on the front but another copy of Torleif' Knaphus' work? He's found in a lot of places. Now, here's the thing--this used to be in color. And I'm not talking about years ago--even recently I've seen photos of this chapel with the relief in color.


Either the color was removed fairly recently or I unluckily visited during a time when they're refinishing the exterior. Even without color, this is quite nice. I wish we could put more of this type of thing on our buildings.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ogden Deaf Branch

The Ogden Deaf Branch was constructed around 1916. The building still serves the Ogden Valley Deaf Branch, and has special accommodations (such as a gently sloping chapel floor) to serve them.




The building was closed, but there are some pictures of the chapel on the branch's Facebook page.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"Those Who've Gone Before": Bloomington Chapel

This series honors LDS Architecture that is no longer standing. To see all the posts in this series, click here.

The old meetinghouse in Bloomington, Idaho stands out beautifully in this photo from the 1960s. By 1981, the use of this chapel had been discontinued, and it no longer stands today. Bloomington members now attend church in a neighboring town.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bonneville Ward: Stained Glass & Chapel Details

This window was made by D'Ascenzo Studios of Philadelphia. It was donated by Junius and Margaret Jackson.



The window is based on Heinrich Hoffman's Christ in Gethsemane.




I also liked some of the molding details in the chapel:


And this was hanging in the lobby. You never know what you'll find in some of these churches.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bonneville Ward: Chapel Interior

This chapel is mostly set apart by the stained glass window at the front.



A ward member proudly told me that it's the most beautiful stained glass window in the Church. It is magnificent. I'll post a close up in my next post.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bonneville Ward

Built in the late 1940s, the Bonneville Ward has some really nice architectural features. I liked the design of this steeple and its weather vane.



Interior pictures are coming soon.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wilshire Ward: Interior

 The interior of this chapel is stunning. It has a number of details, but the most impressive features are the stained glass. All of these pictures are found in the rededication program of this building, from 2003.


There is a main window at the front of the chapel. Other tall windows continue along one side of the chapel and cultural hall. These contain symbols like doves and chalices.




 The window at the front of the chapel shows Christ knocking at the door. Notice the alpha and omega symbols at the bottom.


I've found a picture of the stained glass where it's more brightly lit here, although it has a watermark unless you buy it. This window was actually based off of William Holman Hunt's painting, The Light of the World, and you can see the resemblance.


I'm so happy that this building continues to be used regularly, and that it has been preserved.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wilshire Ward Chapel

The Wilshire Ward chapel--also known as the Hollywood Tabernacle and the Los Angeles Stake Center--is a landmark building. Constructed in the 1920s and dedicated in 1929, it was designed by Harold W. Burton, who also designed the temples in Laie and Cardston.

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons) 

The building was originally unpainted, but a few years after it was built, it was painted white. It cost $250,000 to build, making it the most expensive chapel the Church had (and probably has) ever built (only less expensive than temples).  It has changed very little, besides some additions. Here's a painting of the building from the 1930s, done by D. Jolley:

(Image Source: Church History Library)

In the 1990s, the Church considered selling the building, but instead, they renovated the building--a project that took several years and cost about $7,000,000. Pictures I've found from the interior will be coming soon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Logan Institute: Interior


I had hoped that you would be able to see the stained glass on the exterior of the chapel from inside, but obviously that's not the case. It makes me wonder if it was visible at one point--this chapel has been remodeled extensively. Even so, I like the unique organ pipes, and the chapel retains a nice historic feel. It's still used regularly for worship services, as well as classes.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Logan Institute

The Logan Institute Building holds the distinction of being the oldest operating institute building in the Church. It was first constructed in 1928, but has had many additions. The chapel on the left of this photo is the original; the matching chapel on the right was added in the 1950s.

(Image Source: Church History Library)


Below is the stained glass on the original chapel; below that is the glass on the newer chapel.