How is everyone doing today? I hope you are all well and making your way through the week as best you can 🙂
I thought I would share history of one of my favorite buildings in Provo Utah. I took some pictures there this morning to highlight my outfit (even though it’s super cold again LOL)
The building, Provo Tabernacle, was built between 1883-1898 by pioneers that settled the Provo area. It was used in recent years (while raising my children-1991-2010, I moved back to Provo in 1991) for church meetings (owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and cultural activities. I met in the building many, many times for local meetings and also choir and orchestra concerts involving my children. It was a beautiful building, and I loved the stained glass windows on the outside (that was one of my favorite parts). The acoustics in the building were amazing and highlighted performances of many varieties.
On December 17, 2010 a fire broke out during the night (it was unnoticed for a couple hours people guess, due to the time of night and location of fire) and by the time firefighters knew about it, the fire was too intense to go inside. Almost the whole building was destroyed and my community was heart broken (I was heart broken) to see the building smoking and only the outside brick walls left. The community and anyone I talked to, were unsure if the building would be able to be saved or have to be torn down. It was so tragic.
Then on October 11, 2011, President Thomas S Monson (President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which I belong) announced a plan to completely restore the building to be used as a temple for members in the Provo area. I remember hearing that announcement (my family and I were listening on TV, and we paused the broadcast, and yelled and jumped up and down) to know that our beloved building would be restored. It was such a happy moment.
It was amazing watching the building being restored. One time my daughter and I were close by (at the local post office) and could see the outside original brick walls stabilized and we could see the building looked as if it was in the air, because construction crews were digging down for basement space and foundations (40 feet below original floor of building-it was seriously a engineering miracle). So cool! Eventually the temple was completed and dedicated in 2016- I attended three tours myself, I was so excited.
I’m happy to share with you some public photos of the events and pictures I’ve taken. It’s one of my favorite buildings (many happy memories too) here in Provo.