“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Washington in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Relief Society Hall

Built 1875

Relief Society Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
1. Relief Society Hall Marker
Inscription. The Relief Society Hall's main section was built in 1875 and the west wing about 1904. This makes the present "L" shaped building. Both sections were built of adobes that were produced locally. Its style of architecture is Greek Revival that prevailed in Utah during the early settlement days. It is the only remaining late-nineteenth -century public building in Washington City and is the oldest standing Relief Society Hall in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This building served variously as a meeting house, post office, co-op store, apartment, city and service club offices and mortuary. After this building was built, the Relief Society of Washington held their meetings here but part of the time they met in members' homes. This allowed them to rent part of the building so that the money could be used to help the poor. One of their functions was to prepare the deceased for burial. If a long white board was outside against the building it meant someone had passed on and a funeral would be planned. The members made clothing, quilts, conducted fund raising bazaars and luncheons in this building to raise money to accomplish their goals.
Erected 1996 by Washington City Historical Society.
Location. 37° 7.807′ N,
Relief Society Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
2. Relief Society Hall Marker
The marker is visible to the left of the entrance door.
113° 30.677′ W. Marker is in Washington, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Telegraph Street and South 100 West, on the right when traveling east on West Telegraph Street. Click for map. The building is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Washington UT 84780, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. ZCMI Co-op Building (here, next to this marker); Thomas W. Smith's Corn Cracker & Grist Millstone (a few steps from this marker); Prominent Pioneer Men and Women Who Helped Settle Washington City (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington City 1857 (about 600 feet away); Telegraph Street / Millcreek Mills (about 600 feet away); The Granary (about 700 feet away); Utah’s Dixie Birthplace, Washington City (about 700 feet away); “Utah’s Dixie” Washington City (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
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Relief Society Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
3. Relief Society Hall
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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