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Centennial Fine Arts Center (Ely L.D.S. Stake Tabernacle)

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Ely L.D.S. Stake Tabernacle
1927–1928. 900 Aultman St.
  • Centennial Fine Arts Center (Ely L.D.S. Stake Tabernacle) (Bret Morgan)
  • Centennial Fine Arts Center (Ely L.D.S. Stake Tabernacle) (Julie Nicoletta)

This is a prominent reminder of the presence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ely. The two-story brick tabernacle is T-shaped, with a gabled nave extending toward Aultman Street and a rear transept capped by a hipped roof. Brick and concrete quoins and a frieze embellish the walls. Cornice returns, a Palladian-arched main entrance, and keystones in the semicircular-topped window openings are details taken from the Colonial Revival style. The Mormons built tabernacles (of a lesser order than temples) as houses of worship for local congregations, or stakes. In his study of nineteenth-century Mormon architecture, C. Mark Hamilton defines the stake as a Mormon ecclesiastical unit “roughly equivalent to a diocese,” which often included an entire town and outlying areas. Ely, like other eastern Nevada towns, attracted increasing numbers of Mormons in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as they moved westward from Utah. A late twentieth-century church located nearby replaced this tabernacle, which is now used as a community arts center.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Centennial Fine Arts Center (Ely L.D.S. Stake Tabernacle)", [Ely, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 177-177.

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