Sunday, September 10, 2017

Panguitch South Ward

Panguitch is one of the oldest settlements of the Mormon corridor, but almost none of its original ecclesiastical architecture survives today. One of its most notable buildings was its stake tabernacle, which stood on the corner of 100 E and Center.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

The tabernacle was condemned and torn down in 1949; a grassy lawn was left in its place for many decades. Now, stores are in its place, but a marker remains.



Meanwhile, in 1930, Panguitch's two wards (the north ward and the south ward) both had chapels built. The Panguitch North Ward chapel (located right by the tabernacle) has since been torn down.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

This building was torn down sometime around 1980, I believe.

This only leaves the pioneer town with one old chapel--the Panguitch South Ward.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

You'll notice it looks almost identical to the Panguitch North Ward, but this building has survived. An old photo provides a glimpse of the interior--very simple.

(Image Source: Church History Library)

This building technically still stands today, but it's in rough shape. It was sold to a Baptist church--likely around the same time the North Ward was torn down--but it doesn't appear to be in active use today.



It really is a pity that such an old pioneer town is left with almost none of its historic religious architecture. Hopefully this building will continue to be used.


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