Wilshire Ward Chapel

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Wilshire Ward Chapel
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Wilshire Ward Chapel
Coordinates 34°02′56″N 118°18′39″W / 34.04889°N 118.31083°W / 34.04889; -118.31083Coordinates: 34°02′56″N 118°18′39″W / 34.04889°N 118.31083°W / 34.04889; -118.31083
Built 1929
Architect Hyrum Pope & Harold W. Burton
Architectural style(s) Art Deco
Governing body Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Designated May 10, 1991
Reference No. 531
Wilshire Ward Chapel is located in California
Wilshire Ward Chapel
Location of Wilshire Ward Chapel in California

The Wilshire Ward Chapel, formerly known as the Hollywood Stake Tabernacle, is a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Los Angeles, California. The building is listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and on the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation registry.

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The Hollywood Stake Tabernacle was commissioned in the late 1927 after the division of the Los Angeles Stake and designed by architects Hyrum Pope and Harold W. Burton in an Art Deco and Modern style. The cornerstone was laid in 1928 by then Stake President George W. McCune and the building was completed in 1929 at a cost of $250,000. The funds for the building were raised by church members in the area and matched one-to-one with church headquarters. Many local church members provided volunteered labor on the building. The building seats approximately 2,100. Heber J. Grant, the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the time, dedicated the building and stated that it was "one of the very finest buildings that we have ever erected in any of the stakes of Zion...".[1] Due to its construction and design, the tabernacle was considered the “finest cement building in America” by Architectural Concrete in 1933.[2] The building was recommended for discontinuation of use in 1970, however local leaders fought to preserve the building. It went through major renovations that were completed in 2003 and the building was then rededicated by another church president Gordon B. Hinckley. The building remains in use as a meetinghouse by three Wards (Wilshire, Los Angeles Third (Spanish-speaking), Olympic (Korean-speaking)), but no longer functions as an LDS tabernacle.

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