Fred L. Markham

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Fred Lewis Markham (July 3, 1902 – September 28, 1984)[1] was an American architect in the early 20th century who designed movie theatres and many buildings on the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.


Markham was born in Spanish Fork, Utah. His family moved to Provo in 1911 and in that year he began to study at the Brigham Young University Training School. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1919 and from Brigham Young University in 1923. He majored in math with a minor in chemistry. From 1924 to 1926 he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States Mission.[2]

Markham then went on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a degree in architecture.

Architectural career[edit]

Markham designed many school buildings of a variety of functions including many buildings on the campus of Brigham Young University. These include the LaVell Edwards Stadium, Carillon Bell Tower, Smith Fieldhouse, Eyring Science Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Knight Magnum Building, Herald R. Clark Building, David O. McKay Building, Wilkinson Student Center, Thomas L. Martin Building, John A. Widtsoe Building, James E. Talmadge Math and Computer Engineering Building and many other buildings. Many of these buildings are built with beige brick which has become a trademark of the many buildings built while Markham was active as an architect. Several of these were in collaboration with other architects. Markham also designed the Student Union Buildings at Snow College, Utah State University and the University of Utah. He also designed Provo High School.

Many theaters were designed by Markham including the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah, the Arch Theatre in Spanish Fork, Utah and the Huish Theatres in Riverton, Utah and Payson, Utah.

Religious buildings include the Ogden Stake Tabernacle (the last tabernacle commissioned by the LDS Church), and the Salt Lake Monument Park Ward Chapel.

Two works by Markham are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:[3]

Personal life[edit]

Markham also served as the first president of the Utah Heritage Foundation.[4]

In the 1960s and 1970s Markham served for thirteen years as president of the Utah Stake, later called the Provo Utah Central Stake.[1][5]

Images of works[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Death: Provo, Utah". Church News. Deseret News. November 4, 1984. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Fred L. Markham". Brigham Young High School Alumni. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  3. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Fred L. Markham". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Joseph (April 1961), Conference Report, Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, retrieved 2009-12-14  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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