At any given time, there are dozens of buildings worth saving across Utah. In a state which does not often prioritize historic preservation, it is not likely that all of these buildings will be saved. Amongst these threatened buildings, however, are there some that Utah simply cannot afford to lose?
David Amott, former director of Preservation Utah, will argue that the Taylorsville Assembly Hall (currently the Alrasool Islamic Center) and the Salt Lake City Second Ward Assembly Hall rank high on the list of Utah’s “must saves.” Most Utahns will not be familiar with either of these threatened buildings, but David will argue that assembly halls of this type – very few of which survive today – were instrumental in establishing and then subsequently nurturing communities throughout the Intermountain West.
The importance of Utah’s early assembly halls and wards is largely unrecognized by the state’s contemporary residents, but the role that buildings like the Taylorsville and Second Ward Assembly Halls played in structuring early Utah makes these buildings simply too important to lose.
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