Augustus Farnham

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Augustus Alwin Farnham (20 May 1805 – 2 May 1865[1]) was an architect in Utah and a Mormon missionary.[2]

Farnham was born May 20, 1805 in Andover, Massachusetts.[2] In 1843, Farnham converted to Mormonism. In 1845, he was ordained a Seventy and was called to a mission in Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1851. From 1853 to May 1856, he was the president of the mission[2] In October 1854, Farnham, William Cooke, and Thomas Holder traveled to Auckland and became the first missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand.[3] The three preached in Auckland, Wellington, and Nelson, after which Farnham returned to Australia, leaving Cooke and Holder to continue preaching.[3]

Farnham's most important architectural work was the Bountiful Tabernacle, a Greek Revival monument, which was known worldwide.[2] This building, located at Main and Center Streets in Bountiful, Utah, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ "Augustus Alwin Farnham". Utah Center for Architecture. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, Allen D. (Summer 1976). "More of Utah's Unknown Pioneer Architects: Their Lives and Works" (PDF). Sunstone. Provo, Utah. 1 (3): 51. 
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Statistics: New Zealand", LDS Newsroom,