Wilshire Ward Chapel
Backstory and Context
Then president-prophet George Albert Smith dedicated the church at its opening in 1929. Local stake President Grant hailed the building as “one of the very finest buildings that we have ever erected in any of the stakes of Zion" and Architectural Concrete declared it the "finest cement building in America” in 1933.
By the 1970s, the neighborhood had started to deteriorate and the church was in need of repairs. As a result, Mormon leaders suggested that the community should leave the building. However, calls for its restoration won the debate and repairs were completed in 2003.