Woo-hoo! Deseret Towers! It’s funny to think that it’s not there anymore (is it all gone???). The rooms were just slightly larger and more comfortable than prison cells. And the buildings were so horribly ugly.
But I met my husband there and made so many good friends.
T hall, 89-90 anyone?
Comment by Researcher — January 26, 2009 @ 6:56 am
Sealed to my parents in Oakland.
Lived in DT W Hall.
oldest son lived in W Hall 20 years later!
Now, could you find some ads from the old Relief Society Magazine for LaVoy–that lead-lined lingerie and temple dress company. I’ve been telling my daughter about it and she just doesn’t believe me!
The fondness for DT is unexpected — I shoulda guessed, though. If by chance any of you want those scans of DT for a scrapbook or journal entry, I’ll trim them up and email them to you. (Actually, that goes for just about any picture on Keepa, if you want a little better quality than you can lift off the screen.)
rk, it’s like picking plums off a tree — my ads have all come from old church magazines, and there’s something unusual in just about any issue of any magazine I flip through. Some people need Disneyland to get the thrills I can find in a file of dusty old magazines.
How funny, kerry! I’ve been looking at the LaVoy ads and wondering if they were odd enough to include in this series! You’ve convinced me.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 26, 2009 @ 7:30 am
I don’t think “adequate stocks” is a phrase used much in modern advertising. Also, “you’ll be high on the results” just sounds so funny now.
Researcher, I was at BYU at the same time, though I left DT (V-Hall) in 88, so half my ward was in T-Hall. I thought that only two of the towers were torn down; the two that are not in the photos above.
T-321, 1970-71 (my freshman year at BYU). When I think of some of the ‘stunts’ that went on during that year, I’m surprised our dorm mother didn’t resort to electroshock therapy (for us, not her), if not summary execution. ..bruce..
Comment by Yet Another John — January 26, 2009 @ 10:09 am
[D]o builders still advertise by using the pictures of LDS buildings they have helped to construct?
I’m not sure, although the conference center, temples, and BYU projects come to mind as work that a builder in the mountain west (Jacobsen or Okland) might feature in its advertising/promotional materials.
Interpace is still in business — maybe all you who missed the chance at a piece of rubble should contact them about buying a new brick. Souvenir-by-proxy, as it were.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 26, 2009 @ 2:07 pm
From these responses, T hall must have switched from a male dorm to female at some point. I’m trying to remember whether I knew that.
Comment by Researcher — January 26, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
My question is who were they trying to reach through this advertising? Under the old budget plans where wards and stakes had to raise building funds, did they also get to choose their own contractors? I can only assume that the intended consumers were LDS business owners, who might want to put a spire or two on top of their auto dealership or grocery store.
We do have a rather odd building from this time frame in our stake boundaries, unlike any other I’ve ever seen elsewhere. It has many problems, doesn’t meet current earthquake standards, and isn’t completely wheelchair accessible. It could be the reason the church went to standardized building plans.
I’m almost certain they did get to choose their suppliers, kevinf — there are so many ads not only for building materials, but for benches, organs, chairs, carpets, sacrament sets, and other furnishings, and the Improvement Era (where most of my ads come from) would have been an unprofitable audience unless the Wherever 3rd Ward building committee was seeing those ads.
I saw one picture — I wish I had copied it, but I didn’t — of a chapel under construction or newly completed, with the notation that the stake president had been the architect. I do hope there was some sort of approval process that local building committees needed to submit to …
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 26, 2009 @ 2:49 pm
I remember when DT was built. They used the “lift-slab” method of construction–all six or seven of the concrete floors were poured “on the ground, with heavy sheets of polyethelene between each slab. Then the slabs were jacked up and bracing and interior and exterior walls were built in between. This method of construction fell out of favor (“fall” is probably the wrong verb to use there) when a building under construction (the L’Ambiance Place in Bridgeport, CT) using this method collapsed due to inadequate bracing.
S Hall for a week-long Explorer’s conference – ’67
T Hall, 7th floor as Freshman 1969-70.
Loved the Towers and the friendships there! Had Bellamy Brown as floor’s Sr. Resident, where I met Jim F. during his frequent visits to Bellamy.
You get a good tour of Deseret Towers in the “Sisterz In Zion” video because the Manhattan-ites stayed there for EFY in 2003.