The buildings at the center: Latter-Day Saint tabernacles in the Mormon Culture Region
Tabernacles are a largely overlooked feature of communities in the Mormon Culture Region. Though the tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City has world-wide recognition, very little has been written about the other 78 that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built between 1847 and 1953. This thesis discusses the religious, cultural, and social motivations behind the planning and construction of tabernacles, as evidenced by developments such as the Plat of the City of Zion and the Priesthood Reorganization of 1877, as well as the numerous uses of these buildings. The significance of the buildings in the development of communities is investigated using an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing the work of historians, geographers, and sociologists. The study also addresses why tabernacles are no longer built and the significance that they have in the communities where they still stand.
0330: Religious congregations