Granite Stake Tabernacle
Granite Stake Tabernacle
The Granite Stake Tabernacle in 2011
|Location||2005 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Area||1.78 acres (0.72 ha)|
|Architectural style||Early Christian/Byzantine|
|NRHP Reference #||03000630|
|Added to NRHP||July 11, 2003|
The Granite Stake Tabernacle is a tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sugar House District of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It has historic significance to the area and was listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003 (a nomination the LDS church itself opposed).
First Granite Stake Tabernacle
The first tabernacle used for the Cottonwood and Granite stakes was located on the corner of 33rd South and State street and was constructed in 1903. Joseph F. Smith dedicated the building on December 27, 1903. Due to congregational boundary divisions in 1929, what was known as the Granite Stake Tabernacle was actually within the Grant Stake boundaries and was renamed the Grant Stake Tabernacle. The Grant Stake Tabernacle was razed in 1956.
Construction of the Second Granite Stake Tabernacle
The second and current Granite Stake Tabernacle was designed by two young architects, Edward O. Anderson and Lorenzo Snow Young, who would later make an impact on the architecture of many other buildings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fundraising for the construction was done by members of the local area. The construction began in 1929, and required the demolition of four homes on the property including the childhood home of Stephen L. Richards. The building was completed in March 1930 at a cost of USD$225,000. LDS Church policy mandated that buildings would not be dedicated until they were paid off in full. Due to the Depression, the tabernacle wasn't dedicated until June 1938 by LDS Church President Heber J. Grant. In 1951 the tabernacle had an additional chapel built adjacent to the original structure for the Lincoln Ward's weekly meetings.
The tabernacle continues to function as a gathering place for multiple wards (congregations), but also serves as a meetinghouse for regular Sunday services for the Forest Dale and Dai Ichi (Japanese) wards.
- "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. May 28, 2003. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
- "Will Dedicate Their New House". Deseret Evening News. December 26, 1903. p. 2. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
- "Historic Granite (Grant) Stake Tabernacle Passes Into History". Church News. Deseret News. February 13, 1956. p. 12. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
- Whitney Butters (July 1, 2010). "An enduring tabernacle: Granite Stake building has been a big part of life in the Salt Lake area". Deseret News. Retrieved 2015-04-15.