Tabernacle was Provo's core, should be rebuilt, expert says

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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 20, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    The Provo Tabernacle was a step up from stake centers. It was the Church center. It keeps the various stakes in central Provo with a center and a base. This is a worthwhile thing to spend money on. The Church should go forward with rebuilding the Tabernacle.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 20, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    I would remind JSO the Library at Academy Square was re-built after the site had been vacant for 25 years.

    The comparison to this case does not work. On one hand we do not want 25 years of vacancy, on the other 25 years of vacancy is a far cry from 25 years of eyesoreness, which is what we would get here.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 20, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    Well, what would the proper way to re-build be? How would it be anything be wise to build with a stronger, more fire resistant brick?

    Beyond this, if the building is re-built should we aim for the design when it was destroyed, or should we try to achieve Folsom's original design?

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Dec. 20, 2010 6:00 p.m.

    I have grown up in the state of Washington, but I was born in Provo and I have fond memories of attending stake conference in the Provo Tabernacle. Then, on subsequent visits to Provo always managed to drop by and see the Tabernacle.

    Its probably never a good time to spend extra money, but there are some things worth spending money on, and for the LDS church, temples and such have always been worth the money and the sacrifice. Architecture is important and there is too little good architecture remaining - architecture that embodies values and hard work, skill and meaning. If there is a way possible, the Provo Tabernacle needs to stand once more.

  • ciaobello Concord, CA
    Dec. 20, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    I agree Anonymous Infinity.

  • bira44 Denver, Colorado
    Dec. 18, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    Of course the ProTab should be rebuilt. Here's how to do it or at least begin the process.

    Once the fires are out, collect all the original bricks you can find and sell them for ten bucks each as mementos. That will create an original fund with which to contract engineers and architects.

    People all over the world love this building. They'll help to get it up and running again.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    I want to know who was responsible for this fire with no varnished commentary. That group that was in it to perform and the associated filming crews, etc. must have added to the load on the electrical system among other things. What about security? I also want to know how much money has been expended over the years in the various refurbising, and upkeep. It must be in the hundreds of thousands or more. And of course there was no good security to prevent this outrageous loss.

    The Church should not expend funds to rebuild. It would be too expensive for the use of it. If a building like it is deemed necessary for the community then do it privately. Taxpayer funds or Church funds are not appropriate in these times of scarce resources.

  • Bryan1010 Draper, Utah
    Dec. 18, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    Maybe with a more modern roof, the old tower that was removed in 1917 can be replaced. I hope that this is a blessing in disguise for this great old building.

    If the brick can't be saved, I'll cross my fingers for dark red brick! :)

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Dec. 18, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    Do like they did with the Nauvoo temple, let the private donors pay for this. I do not think that the building has been used enough to justify church money and it isn't the same as putting money into an area where the headquarters of the church is.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    Yes rebuild if possible. I do think that much of the history and beauty of the building can never be restored - original wood and architecture now burned to charcoal. So, I think that rebuilding is good if there is enough to rebuild. The entire inside is gutted so I have to question whether just having just the outside brick is enough reason to rebuild? The old BYU academy was restored into the new Provo Library and the project was well worth it. The historic beauty of the building adds to down town Provo and the building has a functional purpose as well. If the Provo Tabernacle can be made into some sort of functional building afterwards - a museum or concert hall or other - then it is probably worth the money to rebuild.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I think if the Church has over $1 Billion to build City Creek Center, they can rebuild the Provo Tabernacle.

  • JSO Lehi, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    It must be rebuilt. If they scraped together support to save the BY Academy building and turn it into a library, it should be a cinch to get this put back together. I bet NuSkin would donate a ton of cash to help the cause. They'd be dumb not to.

    It was a tragedy that they tore down the Coalville tabernacle. Look at the sacrifices the pioneers made to build these structures, and we can't give a little to keep them together? Our cities are bland and boring without them. They give us identity and make us special.