Lakeview Tithing Office

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Lakeview Tithing Office
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Lakeview Tithing Office
Lakeview Tithing Office is located in Utah
Lakeview Tithing Office
Lakeview Tithing Office is located in the US
Lakeview Tithing Office
Location 1675 North Geneva Road (SR-114)
Provo, Utah
Coordinates 40°15′21″N 111°42′35″W / 40.25583°N 111.70972°W / 40.25583; -111.70972Coordinates: 40°15′21″N 111°42′35″W / 40.25583°N 111.70972°W / 40.25583; -111.70972
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1899
Built by Bunnell,Leslie L.
MPS Tithing Offices and Granaries of the Mormon Church TR
NRHP Reference # 85000289[1]
Added to NRHP January 25, 1985

The Lakeview Tithing Office, also known as the Bunnell Creamery, is a historic building located in Provo, Utah, United States. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Lakeview Tithing Office was constructed in 1899. Originally serving as a creamery, it eventually became a hub for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints {LDS Church), and an important symbol of their faith.

This structure is only one story high, and is made of brick. It has a roof that is a mix between a gable roof and a hip roof, and possesses a stone foundation and a false front. The detailing of the home includes corbelling of the upper edge, rock-faced shoulder arches, and jigsaw cut elements in the wooden arches. There have been no major changes to the building, and it remains in good condition.

The Lakeview Tithing office is one of twenty eight tithing offices in Utah for the LDS Church, which buildings functioned between 1850 and 1910. These facilities served for church members to be able to collect, store, and distribute the farm products donated as tithing, for at the time, agricultural products comprised most of what people worked for and earned. Serving as a node for economic activity and welfare, the Lakeview tihing office was a vital building for many of the early inhabitants of the city who belonged to the LDS church.


Built in 1899 by Leslie L. Bunnell, the Lakeview Tithing office, prior to being a tithing office, operated as a creamery for several years. The first creamery in Lakeview, this building was involved in the producing and selling of cheese and butter, and the selling of milk. The Bunnell family, consisting of five children, lived inside the creamery on the room located on the west end. In 1904, an adjoining house was built, and the family relocated. Subsequently the Bunnells sold the creamery to the Lakeview ward of the LDS church, who deemed to use it as a tithing office. The Bunnell family re-purchased the building back in approximately 1920 for use as a granary and occasionally to rent the west room out.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Roper, Roger (Aug 1984). "Utah Historical Society Utah Historic Sites Inventory: Lakeview Tithing Office / Bunnell Creamery" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying two photos from 1983

Additional sources[edit]

  • 2002. "Historic Provo" Provo City Landmarks Commission.

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