Saturday, July 12, 2014

Historic Tabernacle

The historic Provo Tabernacle caught fire from a faulty light switch. All that remained standing were the original brick walls. 

Originally, it was built in 1886 and then dedicated in 1889, it went through several renovations to update the heating and electrical. I even remember going to a Christmas musical one year with my daughter when she was at the University - the music was all in German.



The fire gutted the building in December 2010 along with a $150,000 piano and art work.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints wanted to save portions of this historic building and decided to turn it into an LDS temple. They put it walls on stilts while building a new foundation.

Work has been in progress for some time. What puzzles me is that in 2014 the Angel Moroni golden statue has been placed on this building before it is finished.




I caught a nice reflection of it in the window of the historic building across the street.


Linking to Shadow Shot Sunday 2
and Weekend Reflections

22 comments:

Anne said...

Such a historic old building and I am pleased they decided to try and keep the walls.It looks a mighty task to renovate.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What an amazing history in photos! Glad they were able to save parts of the building.

Shadowy Six Words

The Artful Diva said...

Interesting bits of history - I had no idea!

Ileana said...

Interesting history and beautiful pictures!

Viera said...

What a beautiful old building... Great that it will be save... Excellent shot and reflection...

Kathe W. said...

fascinating restoration- thanks for the photos!

Ginny said...

These are amazing pictures. I have never seen a building reconstructed in this way, with the stilts and raising it up. I'm thinking the angel is there to let people know what they are building, plus it will give encouragement as well!

Melissa said...

Great series of shots!

Ralph said...

I love turrets, so it is so nice that this temple is being restored in its imposing yet stylish way. Lovely!

Poppy said...

Love the reflection shot in the window!!

Poppy

Gemma Wiseman said...

An amazing makeover of this grand old building. I can't believe it was propped up on stilts. That would have taken a lot of planning. Beautiful framed reflection of it all.

robin. said...

what a huge, amazing undertaking. love the reflection in the window!!

orvokki said...

What beautiful building. There has had a really big fire. It's shame when all the valuable destroyed.
It takes a lot of money, and a lots of work to renovate it.

I love your reflection.
Have a happy sunday.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi An interesting post and a fantastic reflection in that window. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rajesh said...

It is good to see such historic structure getting renovated.

Karen said...

Great photo journal of this beautiful church.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful series of photos of church and great misty one ~ thanks, ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

colleen said...

I'm glad they are restoring or keeping parts of the building. I'm reminded about impermanence and how life somehow goes on regardless of it.

James said...

Nice shots! My ancestors were living in Spanish Fork Utah when that building was built. It's strange to think that they might have seen it new or even walked inside. :-)

Halcyon said...

My heart breaks to think of the loss of the piano and historical art. But glad they are rebuilding.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a huge job! It was a beautiful building before the fire. I'm glad much of it can be saved.

NatureFootstep said...

it is amazing what they can achieve today. Lifting a church like that!

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