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Published: Saturday, Dec. 18 2010 7:00 a.m. MST

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Orem, UT

I too grieve at this historic loss. Our great uncle Ole H. Berg, a great craftsman and builder and former civic leader, helped build this landmark edifice. It is our home for the arts and concerts. Our family of ten has all performed there over the years. The Tabernacle IS PROVO!! So very sad.

  • 7:56 a.m. Dec. 17, 2010
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Salem, UT

Very sad- was there last week and remember thinking what a treasure to have such a structure- big loss- wonder if any replacement structure will happen- doubt it

Orem, UT

So sad, like losing the heart of the community.

All is not lost however.

Like the Nauvoo Temple, the Provo Tabernacle can be rebuilt and made even better than before.

After a few tears are shed, it's time for the community to pull together.

Save the brick and whatever woodwork and other historic pieces are salvageable, and rebuild.

Wendover, UT

Such a sad end to a beautiful structure. I hope there will be a way to save or restore this historic building.

Barack Obama
Phoenix, AZ

I do hope they salvage what they can and rebuild perhaps in a similar fashion as they did with the Academy/library complex.

Barack Obama
Phoenix, AZ

I hope they salvage what they can and rebuild in a similar fashion like they did with the library/Brigham Young Academy building. The Tabernacle is a beautiful building.

Saratoga, UT

Deep sadness at the loss of such a cornerstone to the community and Utah. In some way, I hope it can be repaired or rebuilt.

West Valley City, UT

Looking at the pictures, the 3 manual pipe organ in the building is surely a total loss.

Athens, GA

So sad and such a loss to the community.

Ventura, CA

I'am so,so sorry to hear about the fire, but as a person who has been in construction for most of my life I see that all is not lost....we can re-bulid and forgive me in saying ...but more than likely better than before...somehow I hope the Lord calls me to help in re-buliding.... it would be one of the biggest blessings I have ever recieved (except for my children)......I live all the way in California, but still if I was called I would be there,and in any case if I,am not there I surely will be there in spirt....God bless all!
Les Metcalf 3rd.ward Ventura,Ca.

  • 8:40 a.m. Dec. 17, 2010
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one old man
Ogden, UT

Wasn't there a fire alarm system in the building? Modern alarm systems can be wired direct to fire dispatch.

And what of the reports of people in the building last evening who thought they smelled something?

There's a great lesson here --- NEVER ignore a strange, hot, smell. Call the fire department. Fire fighters would much rather make a dry run than face an inferno any day. And with modern equipment, like infrared detectors, it's possible to find smoldering fires before they break out and destroy a building.

This is a lesson for all of us in our homes, too. Are your sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working?

Orem, UT

so sad! The tabernacle was classic...

Fresno, CA

Please rebuild. This building is a treasure.

Highlands Ranch, CO

If at all possible, it should definitely be rebuilt. And I'm sure there's a lot of people like myself who would be willing to contribute to the cause. Gather the wagons Provo!

westvalley, Utah

What a Loss to Provo one part
of history that can never be replaced!!!!
community also the state of utah
Its now a total loss,as a cause of maybe arson?

Provo, UT

This one really tears at my heart. Provo is one town in Utah Vally that hasn't let the developers run roughshod over everything. University Avenue has real class and this a terrible disaster.

Ogden, UT

Wow that is too bad. It is an interesting note that it took 15 years to build. Man that is a long time and a lot of hard work back in the day I'm sure. Never been into this building but I can imagine those that had ties to it.

Hillsboro, OR

Please rebuild! Please! Very sad day.

Chittenango, NY

I am not a member of the LDS faith, but I DO value our diminishing connections to our past. I lived 22 years in Utah, and many of the older tabernacles are beautiful and inspirational. I am saddened by the fire, but I fully agree with what many have posted: save what can be saved for the sake of the historic connection, and rebuild if at all humanly possible. God be with you.

Phoenix, AZ

I am deeply saddened to learn of the fire that has gutted the much beloved and historic Provo Tabernacle. The building appears to be a total loss, I am very pleased however that there has been no loss of life. I am hopeful that prehaps the building can be salvaged and that it can be updated with a new sprinkler syatem that will help contain a fire of this magnitude in the future. I will be following this story closely and should the building be able to be rebuilt and a community fund drive is started, I will have my checkbook at the ready.

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