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50/DIALOGUE: A Journal of Mormon Thought to them other than to demolish the Tabernacle. And yet, as William Morris wrote nearly a century ago, during a great debate over preservation in England, "I say that if we are not prepared to put up with a little inconvenience in our lifetimes for the sake of preserving a monument of art which will elevate and educate, not only ourselves, but our sons, and our sons' sons, it is vain and idle for us to talk about art — or education either." At this writing, the Tabernacle lot in Coalville has been cleared and the construction of the new stake center delayed for architectural studies to determine whether the old stained glass windows can be incorporated into the new building. Whatever the precise details of the final design, however, there can be no doubt that the people of Summit Stake will soon have a building that is just as modern and efficient as those in dozens of other stakes throughout the Church. It will have another distinct advantage over the old Tabernacle too: no one will object when the time comes to tear it down. THE COALVILLE TABERNACLE A POINT OF VIEW Anonymous On 5 March 1970 the Coalville Tabernacle was officially listed on the Utah State Register of historic sites. One year later, to the day, the Coalville Tabernacle was a pile of rubble. During the controversy that surrounded the Tabernacle's demolition, a community was divided into factions, the stake president was called "a liar" by a local member, the Church was taken to court, and the process of Church decision-making was seriously questioned by many faithful members. The dominos set off within the Church hierarchy by the Coalville incident have yet to come to rest. The bitterness may remain for years. The Coalville Tabernacle was a beautiful and inspiring building. Its historic importance was emphasized by the Utah Heritage Foundation, which called it "one of the four or five outstanding LDS buildings still standing." It had its share of Church history: In 1886, while the Church authorities were in hiding over the polygamy issue, the General Conference of the Church was held in the still incomplete Tabernacle — one of the few conferences held outside Salt Lake City since pioneer times. It had its share of sacrifice stories: the Relief Society women in the stake earned $1,500 (a considerable sum in the 1890's) to send to Belgium for the stained glass windows. The fathers and grandfathers of many Summit County residents worked years on the Tabernacle, which was under construction from 1879 to 1899.