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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

Agreed. And didn't they do something like this with the Brooks Arcade building, Broadway and State in Salt Lake, in which an essentially new building was built which preserved and incorporated the outer walls?

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

The tabernacle was a great building, but its era has passed. The Church surely has more productive ways in which the money needed to rebuild could be spent.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

While I think the Church should rebuild the Provo Tabernacle, and think that considering how much personal proerty was destroyed in the fire Zadruga Guy is clearly out of touch with the reality of the buildings use, I would say that both the letter author and anti-liar are drawing false analogies.

The issues of refurbishing a building that is no longer useable for its original purposes because of changing educational and business patterns and the issue of refurbishing a building destroyed in fire are very different.

It is quite possible that the Provo Tabernacle will have to be torn to the ground and then re-built. This can be done in a way that it reflects its old design, but most of the old building may have to be scapped.

This is not comparable to the old Academy Building or abandoned stores and the like in Salt Lake City. Fire means you have to removed or make useable the remains of the building in an expeditious manner.

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