Wilshire Ward Chapel
Wilshire Ward Chapel just after it's completion in 1929
1936 photo of one of the ward's that attended the chapel. They were part of the local Book of Mormon Club
1940 photo of one of the congregation's primary kids that attended the chapel with one of the quilts they made for the local children's hospital
Wilshire Chapel as it looks today
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.