WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
The Kirtland Temple
Professor Elwin Robison, PhD, College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Kent State U
The Kirtland Temple     7809 Joseph Street     Kirtland, OH 44094

The Kirtland Temple is the first permanent building constructed by the Mormon faith.  One of the larger structures in northeast Ohio when it was completed in 1836, it has a unique format with two congregational spaces one over the other.  The plan was developed by the faith's leaders, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick Williams.  These men reported receiving a vision of the building, which they described with crude drawings and a written description. Experienced craftsmen then worked out the details of the building.  Many of these details came from Asher Benjamin's Practical House Carpenter.  Stone was quarried from local ravines, and a sawmill was built in the Kirtland Flats at the base of the hill to provide lumber and millwork.  The Kirtland Temple served as the pattern for later temples built in Illinois and Utah.
Directions:
From I-90 take Exit 193 for Mentor/Kirtland and turn south on Ohio Route 306. Follow the signs to the Temple at the top of the hill on the right. Meet in the visitor center.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Monday, May 21.

WRAH SPRING PROGRAM 2018
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC