First Latter-day Saint Chapel in Phoenix

First Latter-day Saint Chapel in Phoenix (HMICZ)

Location: Phoenix, AZ 85004 Maricopa County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 27.003', W 112° 3.931'

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The first meetinghouse in Phoenix for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) was built on this site by the three-hundred-member congregation of the Phoenix Ward. At the time, J. Robert Price was bishop.

Since their beginning in 1912 with nine members, the Latter-day Saints in Phoenix had met in four different locations — the Knights of Pythias Hall at 23 East Washington Street, a laundry at 534 West Washington Street, an old Spanish-style building at 121 South First Avenue, and a room over a bicycle shop at 237 North Fifth Street. They purchased this area on the eastern edge of Phoenix's original city plat and built their first chapel 1918-1919.

The handsome meetinghouse — designed by Pop and Burton, Architects, of Salt Lake City — was an early example of the influence Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture had in the Southwest. The Latter-day Saints worshipped here for nearly thirty years. Phoenix used it as a community center, and weekly businessmen's luncheons and youth dances were held in the building.

By 1923, a thriving congregation (ward) of 730 made it necessary to expand the building; after further expansion in 1926, the meetinghouse filled this plaza area. Other wards were organized and more chapels were built, but the Phoenix First Ward continued to meet here until 1948, when a new meetinghouse at Eighteenth and Brill was completed. The building on this site was sold to another church and eventually demolished in 1969.

Bishop J. Robert Price, 1918-1926 · Bishop George F. Price, 1926-1928 · Bishop John H Udall, 1928-1938 · Bishop Arch B. Campbell, 1938-1950
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HM NumberHMICZ
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Utah Pioneers series
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Year Placed1981
Placed BySons of Utah Pioneers, Salt River Chapter and Historic Arts and Sites Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 10:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 400970 N 3701688
Decimal Degrees33.45005000, -112.06551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 27.003', W 112° 3.931'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 27' 0.18" N, 112° 3' 55.86" W
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Area Code(s)602, 480, 520, 623, 928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115 N 6th St, Phoenix AZ 85004, US
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