Tuesday, March 22, 2011

lds architecture

For any who may be interested, I am also working on a project of compiling great LDS architecture, as well as working on a history of LDS meetinghouses. Some of this will apply to Salt Lake buildings, which is why I am posting this here. My belief is that the greatest architectural legacy of the LDS Church is in the Meetinghouse designs. With the exception of a few wonderful publications, very little research has been done to document this Meetinghouse heritage. Especially when compared to LDS Temples.


The initial effort will be to document buildings and sites that are currently still in use. Obviously this will not be a comprehensive effort, but at my discretion will highlight those buildings I deem to be significant or representative of good work. Suggestions are always welcome. Other efforts will include those buildings no longer in use, sold or demolished, as well as documenting typical building types and styles as part of the current Standard Plan program for Meetinghouses, Temples, and Institutes.

Rather than waiting until I have done all the research on a particular building, I will be posting information and images as I obtain them, so it will be an active site with daily postings. Where possible, I will be documenting not just a static point in time of each building, but the history of the building and site through time. The original design; the additions and remodels; the demolitions. This life-cycle story telling will be a reminder of the past and hopefully a guide towards an even better architectural future.


  1. I like your project. I am doing a blog where I rephotograph pictures of historic places around Utah. I've just started so I haven't done too many, but I did just do an entry on LDS chapels in Spanish Fork. You can find it at http://utahspresenthistory.blogspot.com/2011/03/spanish-fork-churchs-and-schools.html (if that link doesn't work, then just go to utahspresenthistory.blogspot.com). I also did one on the chapel in Blanding (http://utahspresenthistory.blogspot.com/2011/02/is-blanding-really-as-boring-as-it.html) and the one in Benjamin which is by Spanish Fork(http://utahspresenthistory.blogspot.com/2011/03/citizens-for-rural-utah.html). I can keep you updated on any others I do. I am planning on doing an entry on some of the church buildings in Springville so as soon as I finish that I'll let you know.

  2. Here is the link to the post about the Springville 2nd Ward chapel: http://utahspresenthistory.blogspot.com/2011/03/2nd-ward-chapel-in-springville.html

  3. What a fantastic project, Chad. Thanks for sharing. I've already added you to my reader and will be following it with interest. It may be useful to collaborate on a few of these.