Parowan Meetinghouse

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Parowan Meetinghouse
Parowan Meetinghouse is located in Utah
Parowan Meetinghouse
Location Center block of Main St., between Center and 100 South St., Parowan, Utah
Coordinates 37°50′28″N 112°49′51″W / 37.84111°N 112.83083°W / 37.84111; -112.83083Coordinates: 37°50′28″N 112°49′51″W / 37.84111°N 112.83083°W / 37.84111; -112.83083
Area Less than one acre
Built 1867
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76001818[1]
Added to NRHP May 6, 1976

The Parowan Meetinghouse, sometimes referred to as the Parowan Tabernacle or the Parowan Old Rock Church is a historic meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints built in Parowan, Utah between 1861-1870. It was designed by architect/builders Ebenezer Hanks, Edward Dalton and William A. Warren, all members of the local community. The basement was completed by 1867 when it began to hold meetings. The first meeting held in the relatively large chapel, which seated 800, occurred when LDS Church leader Brigham Young visited in April 1870.[2] The building has two separate staircases with entrances, originally one for males and one for females. The building was abandoned by the church after 1914 when the new adjacent Prairie School styled Parowan 3rd Ward Meetinghouse was built on the same lot. Somewhere around 1920, ownership was taken over by the city, who turned over the building to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers who retain caretaker status. The building now serves as a museum and relic hall that hosts daily tours between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

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