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.

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