Committed to preserving the Logan Tabernacle, the LDS Church assembled a talented team of architects and builders to tackle a major restoration project. Among the most challenging aspects of the restoration was installing a new framework under the 135 foot wood tower. This and other seismic reinforcements were accomplished with great sensitivity to historic materials. For example, ornaments, like the capital atop this column in the assembly hall, were enlarged to fit the new support system.
Removing and disposing of lead paint on the tabernacle's exterior was another major focus of the project. During the paint removal, the restoration team discovered that sand had been mixed with the tabernacle's original paint to create a rough, stonelike finish. This historic technique was replicated when the building was repainted by mixing a vinyl powder with the paint.
Extensive work was also done on the tabernacle's wood tower. New wood elements were milled to replace the nearly 40 percent of the tower that was too deteriorated to be saved. The tower is now both watertight and "pigeon-tight."
The tabernacle restoration also included repairing and refinishing the historic windows and doors, installing a foundation drainage system to prevent moisture penetration, and repointing the masonry walls. The tabernacle's basement was modified to accommodate a new Family History Center.
Mormon Tabernacles are a unique element of Utah's architectural heritage. Of the 40 tabernacles constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only about half remain. The restoration of the Logan Tabernacle insures that this beautiful building will grace Logan's Main Street for another 100 years.