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Salt Lake Tabernacle - Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Mot
N 40° 46.225 W 111° 53.584
12T E 424631 N 4513655
Quick Description: Located on Temple Square in Salt Lake City
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 2:40:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMF1X2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
Views: 26

Long Description:
Built at a time before electronics and audio amplifiers, the Tabernacle was constructed with remarkable acoustic qualities so the entire congregation could hear sermons given there, mainly for General Conference. The roof was constructed in a three-dimensional ellipse with the pulpit at one focus of the ellipse. The elliptical concept came from Brigham Young, the Latter-day Saint prophet. The elliptical design causes a large portion of the sound from the pulpit end of the building to be concentrated and projected to the focus at the opposite end of the building. Furthermore, the roof rests on sandstone piers around the outside, without any interior supports that would impede the sound waves.

Several years after the initial construction was completed, Truman O. Angell was brought in to further improve the building's acoustics, and was responsible for adding the gallery (balcony) in 1870 that resolved the outstanding acoustical issues. The building has an international reputation as a nearly acoustically perfect building. It is common for LDS missionary tour guides to demonstrate the acoustic properties of the Tabernacle by dropping a pin on the pulpit or tearing a newspaper there, which can be plainly heard throughout the building.
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