February 15, 2001 -June 15, 2002
This exhibition displays historical renderings, photographs, furniture, and architectural elements that exemplify the high level of creativity and innovation in LDS meetinghouses, tabernacles, and temples of the early twentieth century. The architectural styles adopted by the LDS Church during this time reflect its transformation from a marginalized sect to a denomination more in the mainstream of American life. Mormon buildings of the period included elements from a wide variety of fashionable styles, from classical domes and Spanish baroque gables to Gothic buttresses and pointed arches. LDS architects also embraced more progressive architectural movements: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style, the Art Deco and Streamlined “Moderne” of the Jazz Age, and the austere International Style.