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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 12:55 p.m. MDT

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

It seems they are going for massive presence here. Taller than previous designs. Not unlike the one in Newark.
And there are rumors about the one in downtown Chicago being tall and massive-looking. (Tall because of 4 floors of parking deck.)
Is this a new approach to church architecture?

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Looks like any other newer chapel. The courtyard seems very small.


Did someone take these pictures with an IPhone? Poor quality. DNews continues to outdo itself in "quality" reporting. Generally underwhelmed with the courtyard. Its different, but is it really going to be a community gathering center anymore than a Stake Center with a large field and a bowery? Probably not.

Northern, UT

Why do LDS churches continue to have basketball courts? Cultural Hall, yes, I can see that. But why basketball courts?

Wasatch Front, UT


Did I miss something in this article??

Seems like the article ended before they really explained what makes this meetinghouse "unique" (other than the new courtyard feature).

But even then there was NO explanation offered in the article as to WHY the church added a courtyard, or if this is the new trend, going forward, in all LDS building designs.

The article just left me thinking, "Therefore.........(what?)"??

A lot more details would help out here!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

May I comment on the comments? Why bother commenting if you have nothing pertinent to say. Just picky, picky, picky


Variety is the spice of life!

I wish we could just get decent lighting in our dimly lit (and depressing) Stk Center chapel!

Boise, CA

this doesn't pass for news, even in the Deseret News. Now if it had solar panels and multi media white boards, then there would be something unique about it.


Interesting. There are at least 5 LDS church buildings in my are that have courtyards. They tend to be older buildings. I think they were built back in the 60's and 70's. They happen to be my favorite buildings because they are so different from the newer chapels.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

I saw a while back that the church was going green in some of its meeting houses to cut back on energy costs and cut back on toxic chemicals used in construction. The Church Library was LEED Silver... and I know Temple Square's Christmas displays are all LEDs now. This was all part of the Church's commitment to spend tithe dollars more responsibly and to enhance the health of church members.

Salt Lake City, UT

My ward meetinghouse in Southern California, which was built in the 1960s, has a courtyard.

American Fork, UT

The windowless 'bunker wall' is always a feature in these facilities.

Tremonton, UT

Beautiful building, at least from what I can tell from the poor quality pictures. But, not sure what is unique here. Many chapels in the '70's were built with 3-sided courtyards. Never really have seem much use of these courtyards. But I also remember while on my mission in the '70's, seeing a number of older buildings in the L.A. valley, that had courtyards, most of them much larger and nicely landscaped. The one in particular that actually did get significant usage, was a Spanish architectural style. The center courtyard served as a main gathering and visiting area, as passing through the courtyard was necessary to get from one part of the building to another. No inside hallways.

Yes, I know. This would not work in Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT

This meeting house plan is old school. They designed them like this back in the 70's.


When I was in a Masters program once, I gave a class paper comparing the Mormon Exodus to that of Israel with Moses, something I'm sure many LDS have already done in one way or another. The conversation after got around to modern LDS and how we're perceived. My professor for this class said he felt we were a closed group or fraternity, and that getting in was hard. I wondered if that was a vestige of our pioneer siege mentality when we had to escape from the world and were glad to be rid of outsiders If our chapels can do more to be open to our neighbors, be more welcoming and inclusive, demonstrating our uniqueness and doctrine, lets' do it. I wonder how our new chapel visitor program is going on the week days and what we can do to get more people to venture in so they might return on Sundays. Our simplicity of decor and lack of cross and stained glass needs explanation, but still confirm our Christianity. Who decides what pictures to in the foyer? Any thoughts out there?

Ridgefield, WA

Our wedding reception was held in the courtyard in my old ward in San Jose, CA. So, unique this new building, it is not. My husband's old ward building has a courtyard, too. Is there something else to make this a unique building that the reporter forgot to add to the article? Oh, maybe the reporter forgot to edit the article enough since it said that the building was unique but not alone. Redundant description.

MN Doug
Rochester, MN

I liked this unique meetinghouse design just as well when it was done on Saratoga Springs last March. It's "unique" because the chapel/gym is side-by-side with classrooms, with the courtyard separating the two, rater than the typical modern rectangle design. So it's Unique among new buildings. The courtyard is small, but functional. The building is "green" with automatic lights & faucets. My favorite part is the 11 "Green Vehicle Only" parking spaces filled weekly with SUVs, vans, and sports cars. Keep sticking it to the "Green" man people.

Buena Vista, VA

What we really need with this article is a floor plan diagram and maybe even an aerial shot. ps. I lived in 2 different Hawaiian islands growing up (1970s-80s, and both had courtyards, although the bldg in Hilo had so much termite damage it was torn down and a new courtyardless bldg replaced it.

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

Nice to see that the church still has no clue about long term management of the facilities. What are they going to do with the snow in winter time? The snow will build up creating drifts, even in this small space and create leaks in the walls. Court yards are a nice feature in the sun belt but, really in the Mountain West? It is only truly functional 3-4 months a year, will be a huge depository of leaves, dust, snow, and ice. The Church building department has no clue.

An additional example, the church built a large number of chapels down in the Phoenix area in the 90's through early 2000's. They built the chapels based on Utah attendance numbers. With very few exceptions, the church was required to renovate brand new buildings within 2-3 years of dedication to accommodate the actual AZ attendance numbers.

I am also confident that all of the LEED buildings will require huge capital infusion once, they figure out that some of the cool "Green" technology isn't cost effective, durable, or functional.

Sainte Genevieve, MO

The first meetinghouse I went to (the Monrovia East Ward) after baptism (1969) was on Lemon Street in Monrovia, California. It had an open courtyard. I have always thought it was a nice touch. I have never seen one since. I didn't know there were any others.

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