This is the unofficial website of the Provo Tabernacle, an edifice at the
corner of First South and University Avenue, Provo, Utah. The site is
dedicated to the significance and beauty of a building that transcends its
religious usage and belongs in many ways to all of Provo, Utah County and the
State of Utah. This website is unauthorized and has no affiliation with the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Provo City. Any opinions or
views expressed by this site are not necessarily those of the Church, which
owns this edifice, or the City, home to this edifice.
The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University is
conducting oral history interviews about downtown Provo and the tabernacle.
Please share your stories with the Center. You can contact Jessie Embry at
801-422-7585 or you can e-mail
Following are articles in draft form containing the history of
the Provo Tabernacle, its construction, grounds, the Old Tabernacle, the organ,
An original 1934 painting by Minerva Teichert stands in the tabernacle now
protected by a transparent shield. It wasn't so long ago that you could
actually touch the painting. The subject is Joseph and Oliver receiving the
Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James and John. Click to see larger version
of this picture.
On 17 December 2010, sometime around 2am, a fire broke out in the roof
structure near the west end of the building. By the time a security guard,
specially employed by reason of material for an up-coming concert, noticed
smoke and alerted the fire department, the fire had taken well hold of the
The extreme difficulty of reaching the roof structure by hauling heavy hoses up
to the gallery, then up corkscrew staircases not to mention handling them later
filled with water combined with not knowing how much the fire had already
compromised the structure and also the smoke and other hazards already present
made it so that on a defensive firefight could be waged.
The historical notes are synthesized or excerpted from personal acqaintance,
from interviews, from N. LaVerl Christensen’s
Provo’s Two Tabernacles and the People Who Built Them
(1983 by the Provo Utah East Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, Provo, Utah)
and from Anna Jean Backus’ Provo Pioneers and their Tabernacles
(2004 by AJB Distributing, Hurricane, Utah).
Most material from the two book referenced is attributed.
Ephraim Hatch of Provo is responsible for most of the old photographs. He has
acted as preservationist for those photos hanging in the Tabernacle and more.
Note: At this point, this site is little more than a repository of memorabilia
surrounding the Provo Tabernacle. The original intent was that it would one day
become a nice, even polished gathering point for the building, but it is not
that yet. You are welcome to peruse or even use any and all content as all of
it is in the public domain, but it is not presented in any cleanly organized
This site is looking for a content advisor. The site owner will do all the
work, but someone with interest and ability is sought to design it. Please
contact Russell Bateman.