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?
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.
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.