There are a few good photos of the real Old Tabernacle, which stood on the
ground north of the current temple site tabernacle. In fact, for awhile, the two
buildings coexisted on the block before some ...people...decided it must be torn
down. According to the state historical records I've read, there was no
particular reason to tear it down, that was just what people did in those days.
At any rate, it was a beautiful building and very sad to have it gone.
What makes it of special interest to me is that it was covered up over time -
this makes the treasure more exciting to find, as opposed to it just sitting
there in the open with neon lights pointing to it.My wife and I
moved into a 120 year old farm house. Sometimes we complain about what we find
when we try to dig for a garden, or to put a fence around the garden; yet, at
the same time it is almost exciting to see what our shovel turns up each time I
turn over a shovel full of dirt.Why was the baptistry covered up?
What was there before that? Its intriguing, to say the least. And I too am
thrilled that the Tabernacle shell could be saved to shield the new temple.
Sometimes there can be happy architectural endings.
What a wonderful story! It makes me wonder if some of my ancestors were
baptized in that baptistry because my great, great, great-grandfather, Andrew
Hunter Scott, was the fifth mayor of Provo and lived in Provo during this time.
Thank you for sharing this inspiring find with us readers.
The tension between historic preservation and future use is ongoing and
universal. After the "new" building was constructed to replace the
older, obsolete building, then the space that the old building occupied had
higher value for other uses. An obsolete building is a liability in many
different ways. Sometimes those liabilities far out weight historical value.
Sometimes the are nearly equal and a tough decision must be made. Sometimes the
balance clearly tips toward preservation. As a comparison of different
families’ garages clearly demonstrates, one man’s treasure is
another man’s trash.I'm just glad the balance tipped to
preserving the shell of the old "new" tabernacle and repurposing it as a
I am wondering why his area was covered up in the first place? Even when it was
originally buried it was a historical site. It's almost depressing to think
this was done to such a beloved sacred site of the early Saints.Maybe
another story to say why it was covered up originally, & when. Thanks!
I'd love to witness this
Please be more precise: You refer to the Provo Tabernacle, which is being
remodeled into a temple, as "the old Provo Tabernacle." But there were
actually two tabernacles built at the site: the Old Provo Tabernacle, whose
foundations are being excavated, and the "new" Provo Tabernacle, which
is being converted into a temple. The "new" tabernacle may be old, but
referring to it as the "old Provo Tabernacle" becomes very confusing,
especially in the context of an archaeological dig which is investigating the
remains of a different structure known by that name.