Hyrum Pope

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Hyrum Conrad Pope (December 2, 1880[1] – August 24, 1939)[2][3] was a German-born architect with important architectural works throughout the western United States and Canada. Pope was born in Fürth, Bavaria and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He went to school at the Art Institute of Chicago where he was influenced in the Prairie School architectural style. In 1910, he opened an architectural firm with Harold W. Burton (Pope & Burton) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pope designed a variety of places of worship for many faiths, civic buildings and homes, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Temple architecture[edit]

As young architects, Pope & Burton won design competitions for two of their most well-known works, the Cardston Alberta and Laie Hawaii temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[4] Later on he became Chairman of the Board of Temple Architects for the church and oversaw the design and construction of the Idaho Falls Idaho and Los Angeles California temples. At the dedication proceedings of the Cardston Alberta Temple, Pope remarked that temple architecture "should be ancient as well as modern. It should express all the power which we associate with God."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pope married Eliza Rutishauser. His son Theodore Pope also became an architect. Pope died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack in Preston, Idaho in 1939 while inspecting the construction of the Franklin County Courthouse.[6]

Notable Works[edit]

Other existing works[edit]

Demolished works[edit]

  • Emigration Ward Chapel (1910-)
  • Liberty Stake 1st Ward Meetinghouse (1911-1976)
  • Park Stake First Ward Meetinghouse (1913-1976), previously NRHP-listed
  • Nephi First and Second Ward Chapel (1915)
  • Hyde Park Ward Chapel (1918)


  1. ^ Idaho, Death Records, 1890-1967
  2. ^ U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
  3. ^ "Hyrum Conrad Pope". Utah Center for Architecture. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/articles/Dialogue_V14N01_11.pdf
  5. ^ Pope, Hyrum C. Dedication Proceedings of the Alberta Temple, August 26-29, 1923. pp. 228–229. 
  6. ^ a b Pollv Susan Hart (November 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Highland Park Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved October 24, 2017.  With 18 photos from 1997. Note this source miss-states his death year as 1936; the Franklin County Courthouse was built during 1939-1940.