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American Fork in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The American Fork 2nd Ward Meeting House

National Register of Historic Places

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
1. The American Fork 2nd Ward Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  On 13 July 1901, The American Fork 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was created along with the 1st, 3rd, and 4th wards of the new American Fork Stake. On 9 October 1902, Joseph H. Storrs, who served as bishop from 1901 to 1942, announced that brick had been contracted for a new meetinghouse. James H. Pulley designed the architecture in the Victorian Gothic style. The cornerstone was laid April 1903, and the first meeting was held in the unfinished chapel on 31 January 1904. Robert L. Ashby, teacher of woodworking a the high school, took charge of the interior woodwork, and upon completion reported that he wanted no fee. Pres. Anthon H. Lund dedicated the building on 17 February 1907. Total cost was $10,000.
On 15 June 1929 major alterations and additions totaling $48,555 were commenced under the direction of Don Carlos Young, Church Architect. The original brick architecture was carefully preserved and matched by the new construction. On Account of a $15,000 donation by John (Jack) Firmage, the new recreation hall became known as Firmage Hall. Dedication was by Pres. Heber J. Grant on 4 September 1932.
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By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
2. The American Fork 2nd Ward Meeting House Marker
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by the church in October 1979, the building was purchased in May 1984 by M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders. It has housed the pipe organ shop and Michael Bigelow's residence since that time. the building was placed on the National register of Historic Places on 10 March 1992.
 
Erected 2003 by American Fork Historic Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is January 31, 1904.
 
Location. 40° 22.511′ N, 111° 48.139′ W. Marker is in American Fork, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is on West 100 South, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 West 100 South, American Fork UT 84003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bank of American Fork (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial Building (approx. ¼ mile away); The Historic City Hall Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); American Fork City Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harrington Elementary School (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Free Public School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Wall at American Fork (approx. 0.3 miles away); Log Cabin Grist Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American Fork.
 
The American Fork 2nd Ward Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
3. The American Fork 2nd Ward Meeting House
M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
4. M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders
The building was purchased in May 1984 by M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders. It has housed the pipe organ shop and Michael Bigelow's residence since that time.
M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
5. M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders
The building was purchased in May 1984 by M.L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., organ builders. It has housed the pipe organ shop and Michael Bigelow's residence since that time.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 12, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on May 13, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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