To some it may have been just another old church, but the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers decided the building deserves recognition.
On Oct. 8, the Utah North Center Company of the DUP held a dedicatory service and erected a plaque proclaiming the church at 400 N. 800 South as "Orem's First LDS Chapel."Iva Wall, current president of the chapter, conducted the service and thanked those who had helped prepare the marker and those who showed interest in the activity.
"It was an important event in the city's history and we hope everyone will take a chance to stop and look at the marker," marker chairwoman Mary Peay said.
Construction began on the chapel in 1895 and it was completed in 1898, when it housed the Timpanogos Ward of the LDS Church. Before that time, the ward had been meeting in a small log cabin.
Thomas J. Patten Sr., a nephew of LDS apostle David W. Patten, donated the land for the church, which members began to use as soon as the walls were up.
Peay said the window openings were covered with quilts and the halls became the site for dances and community activities, as well as worship services.
There were only small lamps to light the church and two pot-belly stoves to warm it. Certain activities required an admission fee of a ball of carpet rags, which were eventually rewoven to make a carpet for the church house.
The building has been renovated five times and, just recently, its green paint was removed to show the original brick color. The church is still in use today and is called the Hillcrest Chapel.
According to Peay, "The style of the church with its lovely gothic windows and tower were typical of the architecture of the day, but it is still a unique landmark today."