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Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City

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The Salt Lake Assembly Hall is one of the buildings owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the southwest corner of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has seating capacity for an audience of approximately 1,400 people.
The Salt Lake Assembly Hall is a Victorian Gothic congregation hall. Rough granite walls are laid out in cruciform style making the hall's exterior look like a small gothic cathedral. Twenty-four spires mark the perimeter of the building's footprint and a tower rises from the intersection of the floor plan's apparent crucifix. The cruciform layout is complemented by Stars of David circumscribed high above each entrance. These symbolize an LDS perception that they are a re-gathering of Biblical Tribes of Israel.
However, the deceptively Gothic exterior conceals a more modern interior lacking vaulted ceilings.
Although built of quartz monzonite rock from the same quarry as the Salt Lake City Temple, the Assembly Hall's unhewn exterior looks much different. The stones for the Assembly Hall were not cut as exactingly as the Temple's. This accounts for the building's dark, rough texture and the broader masonry joints between stones.
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  • Unique among religious buildings of the 19th century. A marvelous building that compares to the religious centers of the world although not flamboyant. 
    Unique among religious buildings of the 19th century. A marvelous building that compares to the religious centers of the world although not flamboyant.  more »
  • We walked in right before a concert and were graciously allowed to stay and listen. It was a big choir with a few instrumental soloists. 
    We walked in right before a concert and were graciously allowed to stay and listen. It was a big choir with a few instrumental soloists.  more »
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  • There are so many big structures on Temple Square that this little Assembly Hall seems to get lost. But go inside. There are several interesting points. The benches, for example, are the originals but were raised a few inches in modern times to be higher and more comfortable. Imagine trying to sit in those benches at their original short level and packed so closely together. The wood spiral staircases were masterfully carved. And if you're lucky you'll hear the organ.
  • This is such a cool, historic building. I love the old architecture and the sound of the pipe organ! I actually got a behind-the-scenes tour of the organ when I happened to be there the same time as one of the music service missionaries. The building is still currently used for church services but tour guides on temple square can take you through whenever a meeting isn't running. But of course anyone is welcome to attend the meetings of they are interested!

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