Hyrum Pope

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Hyrum Conrad Pope (1888-1939) was an early 20th-century architect with important architectural works throughout the western United States and Canada. Pope was born in Germany in 1888 and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He went to school at the Art Institute of Chicago where he was influenced in the Prairie School architectural style. In 1910 he opened and architectural firm with Harold W. Burton (Pope & Burton) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pope designed a variety of places of worship for many faiths, civic buildings and homes, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Temple architecture[edit]

As young architects, Pope & Burton won design competitions for two of their most well-known works, the Cardston Alberta and Laie Hawaii temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[1] Later on he became Chairman of the Board of Temple Architects for the church and oversaw the design and construction of the Idaho Falls Idaho and Los Angeles California temples. At the dedication proceedings of the Cardston Alberta Temple, Pope remarked that temple architecture "should be ancient as well as modern. It should express all the power which we associate with God."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pope married Eliza Rutishauser. His son Theodore Pope also became an architect. Pope died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack in Preston, Idaho in 1939 while inspecting the construction of the Franklin County Courthouse.[3]

Notable Works[edit]

Other existing works[edit]

Demolished works[edit]

  • Emigration Ward Chapel (1910-)
  • Liberty Stake 1st Ward Meetinghouse (1911-1976)
  • Park Stake First Ward Meetinghouse (1913-1976) *Previously NRHP listed
  • Nephi First and Second Ward Chapel (1915)
  • Hyde Park Ward Chapel (1918)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/articles/Dialogue_V14N01_11.pdf
  2. ^ Pope, Hyrum C. Dedication Proceedings of the Alberta Temple, August 26-29, 1923. pp. 228–229. 
  3. ^ pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/98000405.pdf