08192017

Not forgotten in the flames: Found in the ashes of the Provo Tabernacle

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Temple’s Architectural Digest Provo Tabernacle was originally designed in Victorian Gothic style. The bricks on the Provo City Center Temple are the original bricks from the Provo Tabernacle. The Angel Moroni now stands on the central tower that was removed in 1917 due to structural problems. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

Temple’s Architectural Digest
-Provo Tabernacle was originally designed in Victorian Gothic style.
-The bricks on the Provo City Center Temple are the original bricks from the Provo Tabernacle.
-The Angel Moroni now stands on the central tower that was removed in 1917 due to structural problems. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

Following the devastating Provo Tabernacle fire on Dec. 17, 2010, Emily Utt, a historic sites curator with the LDS Church History Department, spent six months scouring the 14 tons of debris at the site.

Emily and her team were looking for architectural details that would later help restore the historic Utah County building, but they also found items that helped her understand the stories of people who worshipped, performed and united inside the Provo Tabernacle.

“In the end we care so much about this building and we have spent so much time on this building because of the stories of the people who worshipped here,” Emily says. “Many of the people who built this building and who used this building have gone down in history as anonymous and nameless, but as we preserve their building and preserve the artifacts they left behind, they are not forgotten. The bricks speak of the stories of the people who built it.”

“The bricks speak of the stories of the people who built it.” —Emily Utt, LDS Church History Department curator

‘Lost and Found’ in the Provo Tabernacle ashes

  • Baseball
  • Woman’s shoe
  • Cracker Jack box
  • Concert tickets
  • Wallpaper behind painted walls
  • Stake conference programs
  • Painting of Second Coming, blackened everywhere but around the Savior

Before attending the Provo City Center Temple Open House, check out our list of “8 things to look for at the Provo City Center Temple Open House.”

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