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

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Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

What a shame to lose such a structure.

They'll rebuild it, yet much bigger and more modern while keeping what pieces of the facade they can. The building, while purposeful and a wonderful piece of history, was hardly able to handle a Stake in capacity. This will give the Provo Saints a chance to have a larger building that can accomodate more people. The Church will handle it all very appropriately.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

This is almost as sad an occasion as the first time I was ever in the Tabernacle when they held the funerals for a number of Local Boy Scouts killed in an accident near Escalante, Utah while on a Camping trip. I will never forget the outpouring of the spirit of that occassion. Sad that now that Holy building with all it's many wonderful memories may forever be lost. Truly sad.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

As sad as it is to lose a building, especially of historic importance and has been a large part of soo many lives. In the end it was just a building. It was the people that made it memorable. I didn't see in the report of anyone hurt from the fire, so that is good news.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

Rebuild it with public subscription and do it now.

ciaobello
Concord, CA

I'm heartsick.

Serenity
Manti, UT

So very sad. How can you rebuild pioneer history? Perhaps it should be rebuilt as a symbol of hope. No matter how bad or irreplaceable things get, there are other avenues to follow.

Snark
Provo, UT

Our Stake had it's annual Stake Christmas Music Fireside in that grand building Sunday evening, which we have done for many years. We also hold Stake Conferences there. There was an original Minerva Teichert painting in the building, and the woodwork was exquisite! It also had a magnificent pipe organ. We are so saddened by the loss of this significant historical treasure.

Kari
Broken Arrow, OK

What heartbreaking news. I know people outside of Utah would be happy to donate funds to help rebuild it.

Resident
Spanish Fork, UT

Sad day, but I hope it does not have to be a "loss." I agree with those who say we should rebuild it and preserve the history. Would still be a historic site and an opportuinty to put beautiful pictures of what it once was in the new building for future generations to see.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

Owl, rebuild it with CHURCH subscription.

It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to rebuild your church, nor is it the responsibility of non-LDS to do so.

Mayor Billings says it's a loss to "everyone". Untrue. While it's a beautiful building and a tragic loss to many, others weren't even aware of the building.

Would you all react the same way, if a Mosque had burned?

bilbo
Mayer, AZ

public subscription has not one thing to do with taxpayer money.
it is members of public offering funds to underwrite the reconstruction of tabernacle. your hatred is shining through like a cheap flashlight.

Herbie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Most Truthful,
Do you REALLY think that Mayor Billings meant "everyone", like everyone in the world? Or even everyone in Utah or Provo. While the generalized statement might confuse some, others understand what was meant by it.

Cedarite
Cedar City, UT

I'm not LDS, but I love significant historic buildings, so yes, I would put some money in the pot for rebuilding.

graficoartista
Orem, UT

I am listening to Fox 13 right now about this. The LDS Church issued a comment about it and the sad loss. I am very sad. My Great Great Grandfather John Peter Rasmus Johnson had a lot of input on the building of that structure.
The comment made above about hpyothetically if other non lds structure burned. The LDS Church would be the first in line handing out Millions of Dollars to rebuild. The LDS Church donated more than half of the require money to help the Catholic Church of the Madaline be updated more than a decade ago. The mosque in Spanish Fork is a very beautiful structure. Not only does the LDS Church help contribute funds, but all ALL of the religious communities in Utah help. There is a wonderful sense of community in all of the different religious communities.

Bay Area Dude
San Ramon, CA

Where do we donate to rebuild?
Where do we donate to rebuild?
Where do we donate to rebuild?

That building means way, way too much to so many people to not build an even more up to date replica of the original. Let's get the best custom craftsmen together now. Make it look like it once did. We will never regret the $$ we donate on this...just like those who built it in the first place. It's the heart of tne Provo we know and love.

RRB
SLC, UT

I also hope it's rebuilt.

Ammyn
Philadelphia, PA

Hopefully it can be rebuilt, and this time with a strong enough roof to support a replica of the original clock tower. Then it could look the way it originally did.

jane
Hereford, AZ

I, too, love historic buildings. The Provo Tabernacle was to Provo what Bruton Parish Church (which my mother attended) is to Colonial Williamsburg. May it, please, be rebuilt. Let us know where and when we can donate, just as soon as the information is available.

I, like Liberal Ted, am grateful no lives were lost. But that building was a repository of the memories of thousands of living people, like me. My son graduated from BYU Law School in that building and I shall never forget the deep joy of that moment as he picked up the torch passed to him by my late grandfather and great-grandfathers, all of whom served people through the practice of law.

The Provo Tabernacle was a symbol of that joy to our family and to the many other families it has served so well over all these years. We are mourning.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

How sad! I've only been inside a few times, but that building feels like the heart and soul of Provo.

sniggy
Payson, UT

One of the most beautiful landmarks in the State. I sure hope the L.D.S. church restores this building. It has taken on a character of it's own over the years. Sacred ground to walk on so to speak.

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