Gathering as One: The History of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City | BYU Studies

Gathering as One: The History of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City

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Gathering as One: The History of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City

Author W. Randall Dixon, Author Elwin C. Robison,

Discover the history of the beloved Salt Lake Tabernacle in this new book from BYU Press. Like no other book before it, this beautiful volume tells the story of this striking building through hundreds of photographs. Learn how the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples were predecessors for the Tabernacle and that, in Utah, Brigham Young wanted to separate the functions of the temple and the meeting hall.

The unique design was the inspiration of Brigham Young and realized by Henry Grow and Truman Angell. At the Tabernacle's completion in 1867, it held the North American record for the widest unsupported interior space. It is a wonder that the pioneers could build such an avant-garde building with volunteer labor and with only local materials and tools they carted across the plains.

Gathering as One includes the history of the organ and alterations and upgrades to the building. Learn about the building's hidden treasures, including a tiny stairway that led to a hatch on the roof that gave people a good view over the growing city. As the place of LDS general conference from 1867 to 1999 and home of the world-famous choir, the Tabernacle has become an icon for the Mormon people.