Secrets of the 100 year old church cornerstone to be revealed

After the turn of the twentieth century but before the Great War, in an era of prosperity and peace, members of the Salt Lake City Tenth Ward built a new chapel on the corner of 8th East and 4th South to accommodate their growing membership. Designed by prominent architect Richard Kletting, it would be a stately brick edifice with crenellated towers, gothic windows and stained glass – a beautiful landmark for the city.

One hundred summers ago, ward members laid the foundation for their new chapel. By September the sandstone walls stood about eight feet high and the cornerstone was prepared for its prominent setting in the southeast corner. It was a simple L-shaped stone with only “Erected 1909” inscribed to mark it. Bishop Joseph Christensen presided at the ceremony and lowered the stone into place. It was the 5th of September, now almost exactly a century ago.

The story might well end there with a reflection on the intervening century and an invitation to attend the Tenth Ward centennial celebration. But there is more to tell.

There is a time capsule.

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