St. George, UT —The public is invited to tour the newly renovated St. George Tabernacle on Monday, July 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from Tuesday, July 24, through Thursday, July 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Tours will highlight renovation and restoration work in the basement and main floor of the building and will feature newly installed exhibits about the tabernacle’s history.
The tabernacle will be rededicated on Saturday, July 28, at 10:00 a.m. by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Seating in the tabernacle for the rededication is by invitation only and requires a special ticket for entrance. Overflow seating for the broadcast of the tabernacle rededication will be available at two chapels in St. George: the Main Street chapel located at 166 S. Main St., and the chapel located at 550 E. 700 S. Overflow seating for the broadcast is available on first-come basis. Participants are requested to be in their seats by 9:30 a.m.
The tabernacle is a historic building, the “jewel in the desert” and a symbol of the town’s pioneer beginnings. It opened in 1876 as a religious and community center for the St. George area. Following the rededication, it will be open to the public for regular tours and community events.
Additional historical and renovation information details can be found online: https://history.lds.org/exhibit/historic-sites/st-george/st-george-tabernacle?lang=eng
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About the St. George Tabernacle Renovation
Renovations at the St. George Tabernacle from 2016 to 2018 focused on improving the building’s structure. These modifications will allow the building to better withstand a major earthquake. Structural improvements are mostly hidden inside walls, in the roof and in the foundation and were designed to not change the tabernacle’s historic appearance. Visual changes focused on restoring the tabernacle to its 1870s appearance. Paint colors, lighting, carpets, and other interior designs are based on extensive research into the tabernacle’s history and typical 1870s designs. The tabernacle’s famed clock and bell were cleaned and restored. The bell now chimes on the hour, just as it did in the 1870s. New mechanical and electrical systems were also installed as part of the renovation project.