Friday, December 17, 2010

Death of a Tabernacle

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Many of you have undoubtedly heard of the death of a historical landmark here in Provo. I don't wish to reiterate here, other than to say that standing there in the midst of the fray gave me a feeling something akin to being sucker-punched in the stomach. To see a beautiful, old building be consumed by flames is a loss for us all…

I apologize in advance for the graininess of the photos. I didn't bother to take my tripod and shot these at a higher ISO than I normally would have.







22 comments:

Mamma has spoken said...

It always saddens me when these old buildings are destroyed. Hopefully they will be able to restore it back to it's glory.
Even being pictures of destruction, they were beautiful.

Richard & Natalie said...

I'm so glad you went and took pictures. We ate at Los Hermanos today with some family that were in town and I was so saddened to watch it sit and smolder across the intersection. Such a devastating loss of such a beautiful building.

Stef said...

What the??!!?? Hubs and I used to go there for Stake Conference. What happened? How sad. Very very sad!

Kristina P. said...

Your pictures are gorgeous, yet so haunting. So sad.

Oilfield Trash said...

Great photos, sad event.

Kelly said...

I loved that building. That is very sad. Was it an accident?

Amy said...

I had not heard the sad news! Oh, such a beautiful landmark!

Crustacean Queen said...

Very heartbreaking.

mama-face said...

so heartbreaking. I can't even imagine Univ. Ave. w/out the Tabernacle. My husband and I were driving past last week and talked about how it is, now was, the most beautiful building in Provo. I've been teary about it all day. Your photos are outstanding... your description of feeling sucker punched is spot on. It's just so tragic.

enough. I'm sorry to have gone for so long about this. Thank you for the photos.

Connie said...

It's unbelievable and heart breaking that a landmark as beautiful as the Provo Tabernacle could be destroyed!
The pictures are amazing!

Teachinfourth said...

Not sure as of yet what caused the fire. I have heard rumors of this or that, but I don't think anything is established yet. I do know that they plan to see if it can be salvaged and restored. However, if there's too much damage structurally, they'll have to demolish it.

I hope it doesn't come down to that...

tammy said...

So sad to see this. You got some amazing photos. I'm sure the Church would be interested in having copies.

Shawna said...

I would love a copy of the third shot down...it shows how beautiful the tabernacle is... even in its own demise.

How sad...but how wonderful that we were able to enjoy its beauty while it was here.

Sue said...

What a sad loss for everyone.

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Barbaloot said...

Came here from Just So.

Those pictures are so sad! I loved that old building and can't even count the million times I went there.

Your pictures of it are beautiful. The first really ripped it to shreds---but seeing the shell of the building against the sky is raelly lovely. Bittersweet, I guess.

Queenie Jeannie said...

That's so sad!!! Will they rebuild it? I wonder how it started....

Vanessa said...

:(

Pedaling said...

i like the grainy aspect.

very sad.

Jason, as himself said...

I hadn't heard about this. I used to play in the parking lot; my friend's grandma lived across the street. It really was a beautiful old building.

These photos are so surreal! Beautiful, and sad.

birdeeb said...

Beautiful photos! Did you see the one of the picture of Jesus Christ that the only part of the picture that didn't burn WAS Jesus? It was amazing!

M-Cat said...

Crazy isn't it? And what is sad, is I don't remember even ever seeing the building, but the loss of architecture alone is so sad

Omgirl said...

Those are really beautiful photographs ( of such a tragic event, but still beautiful). So sad.

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