Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monument Park 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.

I stumbled across this ward and was mostly interested in the way the building was designed.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

There is one long hallway that runs the length of the entire building. Elegant chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and along the inside wall are pictures of the prophets of this dispensation.

The chapel has windows that go into this hallway, which made me think that the hallway was the result of a renovation. But it does appear to be the original floor plan.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nibley Park Ward: Chapel Interior

Again, this bas-relief was done by ward member Arno Alfred Steinicke. Copies of this hang in the Salt Lake, Logan, Manti, and St. George temples.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nibley Park Ward: Lobby

The main lobby leads to the chapel on the left and the cultural hall on the right.

Above the main entrance is a bas-relief depicting the pioneers. It was done by Arno Alfred Steinicke, a member of the ward. He has another carving in the chapel.

That main staircase leads up to some classrooms, but it was originally another prayer circle room.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nibley Park Ward

This chapel is a great example of the "Colonel's Twins" plan of LDS meetinghouses. An example of this is found in the previously documented Belvedere Ward, but this building is a bit larger and more grand.

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 It was built in 1924 and dedicated in 1925.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yale Ward: Chapel Details

 This is a view of the north chapel wall:

Also along the north wall is this carving by Torleif Knaphus, which pictures Joseph receiving the plates.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wells Ward: Interior

Here is another appearance of Torleif Knaphus' work, "The Woman at the Well." The rostrum is very beautifully done.

The upper floor was originally a balcony, but it was remodeled into classrooms.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Wells Ward

The Wells Ward chapel was built in 1920.

(Image Source: Church History Library)
I'm ashamed to say that I wasn't thinking properly when I visited this building, and didn't get a good exterior shot. Sorry. I did get some exterior details, though.

This was surprising to me. They somehow got a custom-made railing? It just seems unusual for an LDS Church, but I like it.

Look for interior pictures soon!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Those Who've Gone Before: Hyrum Third Ward

Sometimes, I come across buildings that were only recently demolished, which makes me wish that I had started this hobby earlier. The Hyrum 3rd Ward is one of those buildings.

(Image Source: Church History Library)
The building was constructed in 1903, but it had extensive additions in the 1950s. It stood at the corner of Center Street and 200 West in Hyrum.

(Image Source: Church History Library)
The building was demolished only recently, in late 2008. A local paper published an article on its pending demolition. The article included some interesting details--local leaders tried to save the building, but much like the old chapel in nearby Paradise, it was the First Presidency that ultimately determined that it was not feasible to restore the building. The balcony had been closed because of structural issues; the heating and cooling systems were out of date. Selling, apparently, was not an option--the Church didn't want to see one of its former chapels wasting away. This, apparently, is a carryover from the 70s, when the Church was disappointed to see that the tabernacles it sold (instead of demolished) would not be kept in the best condition.

It's disappointing that such an amazing building could not be preserved. I particularly liked the windows, the curved rostrum in the chapel, the balcony, and other historic touches throughout the building. This building was a treasure to the Church in Hyrum, but now it's gone.

(Image Source: Church History Library)
(Image Source: Church History Library)
Perhaps it can be best summed up by a local member who included a small note with the photos he sent to the Church Building Department:

(Image Source: Church History Library)
Here it is, Bro. Bowers--Not the latest in modern architecture perhaps--but you'll have to go a long way to get more than we've got on the inside.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Yale Ward: Stained Glass Details

I took several pictures of the beautiful stained glass window at the front of the chapel.

The window was donated by the Christensen family, in memory of their infant son who had recently passed away.

There's an oil lamp above the image of Christ.

This window is incredibly detailed, and one of the most beautiful windows in the Church. I'm glad the building, along with the window, has been so lovingly preserved.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Yale Ward: Interior

This is a beautiful chapel. The pews are original to the building, and the carpet and fabrics are all a deep red. At the front of the chapel is a stunning stained glass window of Christ knocking at the door; I took several pictures of it that will be shown in a future post.

At the back of the chapel is a glass wall that looks into the lobby. Opposite the lobby is the cultural hall.

It has a detailed molding pattern that goes around the stage and the walls of the hall.