The Provo Tabernacle was a step up from stake centers. It was the Church
center. It keeps the various stakes in central Provo with a center and a base.
This is a worthwhile thing to spend money on. The Church should go forward with
rebuilding the Tabernacle.
I would remind JSO the Library at Academy Square was re-built after the site had
been vacant for 25 years. The comparison to this case does not
work. On one hand we do not want 25 years of vacancy, on the other 25 years of
vacancy is a far cry from 25 years of eyesoreness, which is what we would get
Well, what would the proper way to re-build be? How would it be anything be
wise to build with a stronger, more fire resistant brick? Beyond
this, if the building is re-built should we aim for the design when it was
destroyed, or should we try to achieve Folsom's original design?
I have grown up in the state of Washington, but I was born in Provo and I have
fond memories of attending stake conference in the Provo Tabernacle. Then, on
subsequent visits to Provo always managed to drop by and see the Tabernacle.Its probably never a good time to spend extra money, but there are some
things worth spending money on, and for the LDS church, temples and such have
always been worth the money and the sacrifice. Architecture is important and
there is too little good architecture remaining - architecture that embodies
values and hard work, skill and meaning. If there is a way possible, the Provo
Tabernacle needs to stand once more.
I agree Anonymous Infinity.
Of course the ProTab should be rebuilt. Here's how to do it or at least begin
the process.Once the fires are out, collect all the original bricks
you can find and sell them for ten bucks each as mementos. That will create an
original fund with which to contract engineers and architects.People
all over the world love this building. They'll help to get it up and running
I want to know who was responsible for this fire with no varnished commentary.
That group that was in it to perform and the associated filming crews, etc. must
have added to the load on the electrical system among other things. What about
security? I also want to know how much money has been expended over the years
in the various refurbising, and upkeep. It must be in the hundreds of thousands
or more. And of course there was no good security to prevent this outrageous
loss.The Church should not expend funds to rebuild. It would be too
expensive for the use of it. If a building like it is deemed necessary for the
community then do it privately. Taxpayer funds or Church funds are not
appropriate in these times of scarce resources.
Maybe with a more modern roof, the old tower that was removed in 1917 can be
replaced. I hope that this is a blessing in disguise for this great old
building.If the brick can't be saved, I'll cross my fingers for dark
red brick! :)
Do like they did with the Nauvoo temple, let the private donors pay for this. I
do not think that the building has been used enough to justify church money and
it isn't the same as putting money into an area where the headquarters of the
Yes rebuild if possible. I do think that much of the history and beauty of the
building can never be restored - original wood and architecture now burned to
charcoal. So, I think that rebuilding is good if there is enough to rebuild. The
entire inside is gutted so I have to question whether just having just the
outside brick is enough reason to rebuild? The old BYU academy was restored into
the new Provo Library and the project was well worth it. The historic beauty of
the building adds to down town Provo and the building has a functional purpose
as well. If the Provo Tabernacle can be made into some sort of functional
building afterwards - a museum or concert hall or other - then it is probably
worth the money to rebuild.
I think if the Church has over $1 Billion to build City Creek Center, they can
rebuild the Provo Tabernacle.
It must be rebuilt. If they scraped together support to save the BY Academy
building and turn it into a library, it should be a cinch to get this put back
together. I bet NuSkin would donate a ton of cash to help the cause. They'd be
dumb not to. It was a tragedy that they tore down the Coalville
tabernacle. Look at the sacrifices the pioneers made to build these structures,
and we can't give a little to keep them together? Our cities are bland and
boring without them. They give us identity and make us special.