For the past two years, our chapel has been under renovation. Finally, the seismic upgrades and restoration work is complete and we prepare to rededicate the building.When we build, let us think that we build forever.Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for;and let us think, as we lay stone on stone,that a time is to come when those stones will be heldsacred because our hands have touched them,and that men will say, as they look uponthe labor and wrought substance of them,“See! This our father did for us.”—John Ruskin
The chapel was originally dedicated in 1937. It took 8 years and nearly $1 Million of member donations to complete the structure. I was fortunate enough to gain access to a copy of the original dedication booklet. David O. McKay lived in our ward for a time and he shares a message in the booklet.
The original 4th Ward building was on the 21st block of Madison Ave. However, it was too small for the growing ward. The building was razed and the bricks from that building were used to form the inner layers of brick for the newer chapel. In the safe under the entry stairs, we found this stone dating to 1888.
The work in the chapel has involved extensive historic paint restoration work.
It has also involved rework to the lighting, HVAC, seismic safety upgrades and more.
In my capacity as a high counsilman for our Stake, I offered the Salt Lake Tribune some time to walk through the building to help promote awareness of the rededication. Tom Wharton does an excellent job in his story:
Our building is unique in many aspects. One of the most unique features is the Tower Room. At one time, it served as a place to conduct some portions of sacred temple ceremonies prior to the building of the Ogden temple.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, September 7th 3:00pm - 6:00pm
REDEDICATION: Sunday, September 8th 6:00pm
If you miss either of these events, you are welcome to come any Sunday and sit with our family. I am sure you will find the spirit of our Sunday services refreshing and edifying.