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St George Tabernacle, St. George

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The St. George Tabernacle is a historic building in St. George, Utah. It opened in 1876 to serve as a public works building, originally hosting church services and court hearings. Today, it is open to the public and hosts many public events, such as concerts.HistoryThe settlement of St. George, Utah Territory was seen to be an important site for the future of the LDS church. It was intended to be a cotton-growing town to allow the Mormons to be self-sufficient. The arid climate of Utah's Dixie resulted in poor harvests, resulting in economic hardship. LDS leader Brigham Young then commissioned the construction of public works buildings in the area to assist the farmers.The tabernacle was intended to work as a church and a courthouse. Funds for the building were raised by diverting all tithes from Beaver and all communities southward. Construction began on June 1, 1863. The building was opened on May 14, 1876, with a dedication ceremony featuring Brigham Young, Jr.Miles Romney, a relative of noted English portrait artist George Romney, created the plans for the building. The main clock and bell tower stands tall. Basement walls were thick and the above-ground walls are thick. The red sandstone bricks used to construct the building were intended to match the surrounding red cliffs. Inside, ceilings rise high with a plaster cornice, supported by twenty columns. A gallery was built ten feet off the ground on the north, south, and east walls, with two circular staircases serving the east end. An organ was added in 1878. All materials were local, except for windows, shipped from Wilmington, California. When completed, the church could seat 1,200 people. The clock tower was originally used by the city residents to tell time.
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  • Fun visit for some more pioneer history and a step back in time. Family friendly, great guest service. Easy to drive to with safe parking.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in St. George with rich history and amazing architecture. Under total renovation soon to be open. Check website before going.  more »
  • The tabernacle is currently closed for rennovation, so we could only see it from the outside on this trip. A few years ago we were able to tour the inside. We had a personalized tour offered by friend...  more »
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  • Beautiful. Current under major renovations but you must take the free tour
  • This is a great free historical tour. Guides have some great stories about the Era. This used to be a courthouse as well as church so it has had a mixed and storied history. Beautiful architecture.
  • Beautiful piece of history
  • Closed for renovation 12/10/16.
  • Great tour. Interesting history of the town.

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