Ode to the Provo Tabernacle from a Sad BYU StudentYour seats were
hard, so no one evr slept,Your organ was lovely, music from the keys
lept,Your floor boards were creaky, as late students in crept,Your
balcony was perfect, sending program airplanes far,Sometimes you shook,
causing seats to jar.Your windows were lovely, staining light colors,Your AC was broken, causing much tremors,Firesides, concerts, speakers
and morehow oft, how oft, students walked through your doors.And so
in cheesy conclusion, of a cheesier rhyme,How much we will miss you, and
all those wonderful times.
That is too bad....
Good bye to that beautiful landmark, site of many precious memories, in a town I
Very sad, but, perhaps it's time to move on. I dread another effort and enormous
sums that went into Academy Square. The place is a total ruin and one tremor
would send the bricks down. I'm sure the Church won't let emotions and pathos
dictate how they'll rebuild there. I trust the results will be in keeping with
the pioneer heritage using safe building codes of today.
TIME TO MOVE ON?Absolute Nonsense!This must be restored.
The 4 walls are intact. Donations to restore would be raised in 30 days.It's laughable how people say, ah jee whiz, just tear it down? Why?Visit Europe and stand in 1200 year old Abby's and 1000 year old
Cathedrals.20 years ago people wanted to tear down the old City and
County building in Salt Lake.Pure Lunacy.As for Academy
square, what a treasure to Provo. No price is too high when preserving our
Heritage.The LDS Church rebuilt the Nauvoo Temple, they've spent
millions retro-fitting the Tabernacle. They are constantly remodeling their
Temples and Church's.Let us hope and pray the LDS Church leaders
will not fade back into the thinking of the past when such foolish decisions
were made, like tearing down the Coalville Tabernacle and many historic
buildings in downtown SLC.Pres Hinckley loved the Historic buildings
and preserving them, Cove Fort etc..Simply put, the Provo Tabernacle
must be preserved at any cost, and if a partial wall must come down for access,
then every brick must be marked and numbered for restoration.Dear
Um, didn't the city have fire insurance? If not, someone should get fired.
from what I see...the outside structure is still intact and I,am hoping that the
buliding can be saved though re-construction...one wonders why such things
happen...just another example in God's complex yet simple plan...I just have to
let go all confusing reasonings and give in to the fact that God controls all
for the good!
@SunDevil9: This building is owned by the Church and they are self-insured. I'm
sure they will consider the costs of rebuilding and decide if it is the best use
of the funds.Sad to see such a beautiful building go.
Whether you agree with LDS doctrine or not it is a beautiful structure and I
hope it can be restored.
I don't get attached to buildings. I admire them. I particularly admire older
structures. The fire hasn't removed the memories. Restoration won't change the
memories. I wouldn't support rebuilding it purely for emotional attachment
reasons. Whatever the church decides to do will be the right decision and I'll
give that decision 100% of my support.
The walls may appear "intact" but often in cases like this the heat
damage renders them unusable. If the Church does rebuild it, they will probably
have to raze the whole building to the ground and start over from scratch. I
hope they do.
Too bad the pot lighting was left on, with everyone thinking it was someone else
going to turn them out.Hopefully the Church Insurance and Risk
Assessment Dept. will be quick in reimbursing the owners of instruments and
production equipment lost in the blaze.The Church will restore this
dedicated edifice to current code as soon as possible. It will continue to be
the jewel at the center of Provo City. Inspirational music and words will be
heard again from within its walls.
The Living Nativity has always been such a wonderful event that was held at the
Tabernacle for many years. We provide the animals including the camel for this
event, so it was sad for us to see this tragic thing happen. Thinking this might
of been the last year for the Living Nativity.We were not sure whether we were
going to be back for another year. I feel sometimes people take things for
granted until they are gone. I am so glad we had that opportunity
to do it this year especially since it may definitely be the last time if it is
not rebuilt. However we continue to share the joy of Christmas in a
Living Nativity in Salt Lake at Liberty Park doing the Echoes of Christmas
Monday to Wednesday 7-9 PM.
SunDevil9: The Tabernacle did not belong to the city so why should they insure
it? Bluto: The Nauvoo Temple was rebuilt as it was in Josephs time.
All the materials are the same and most of the materials came from right there
KurtFK: From the way the roof caved in protected the walls from the fire. They
were putting water on the walls to keep them from crumbling and they did a very
good job of it. All four walls and the four towers are still intacted. It was
said that it would be possible for the church to rebuild it. It is actually
being treated as a crime scene.
Sad, unfortunate. I didn't see any mention of any loss of human life
in this article, and if that is the case, perhaps we can look at that as a
silver lining in this tragedy. On a side note, I'm happy that no one
is placing blame for this tragedy. After Prop 8, it seemed that
ANYTHING bad that happened to the LDS faith was the fault of the LGBT community
alone. If it was true or not. It's nice to see LDS
members going back to the concept of 'live and let live, and rebuild.' Because 1) as far as I am aware, there was no loss of life, and 2) The faith
that motivated the creation of this building has endured.
One has to wonder if this was an assisted fire, or if someone left a glue gun on
by mistake or something like that or why there were no sprinklers. It was a
tinderbox. Surely the fire marshal could tell that. That is why we hire them.
Clean up the site, stabilize it and leave the walls as a burned-out park-like
memorial to pioneer heritage.
I am not sentimental about this building for any reason and I have no opinion
about rebuilding it or not. But check out the photos...the picture of Christ
that is burned all around Christ is an amazing site! This picture speaks
I AM sentimental though not LDS. DNA took care of that.One of our sons
played that organ often and now they are both gone.I'll contribute
to its reconstruction. Ryan would like it that way. Merry Christmas
SunDevil, It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that owns
this building. The Church is largely self-insured, but I have read allegations
that the Church does have $1 million or so premium insurance on at least some
buildings. Thus there may or may not be insurance.On the other
hand, with the skills needed to rebuild a building like this one it is unclear
that the insured value would actually pay to rebuild it.I, like many
others, hope the building is rebuilt. The Final decisions on such and the
reasoning behind making the decision will probably be tied to determinations
made in the future.
Kurt, You are right about the walls standing not being a sign that they
are stable. I would hope if they do have to raze the walls, there
will be an attempt to re-use some of the original brick. Still it will not be
an easy process.
This building fulfills vital community functions. It needs to be re-built.
Ideally in as close a manner as the orinal as possible.The absolute
worst idea is terro nova's of leaving it as a burned out shell. This would make
Provo the Detroit of the west. The last thing one wants in a city is burned
out, chard remnants of a functional city.If it is not rebuilt, than
it should be razed and turned into something else. As much as I want it
rebuilt, I would much rather see it as a NuSkin parking lot than as a charred
Skippy: That pictures was only smoke damaged.John Pack Lambert of
Michigan: I can gaurantee that it won't belong to NuSkin ever. A former mayor
found that out.