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She BUILT Her Very Own Salt Lake City, ca. 1941

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 19, 2010

This is too fun not to share (with her permission): Keepa’ninny Bessie, who admits to having a little too much time on her hands in the last couple of days, has cut out and put together the building models shown in last week’s Build Your Very Own Salt Lake City, ca. 1941 post, from the Salt Lake Temple down to the greenhouse, from the Social Hall to Primary Children’s Hospital. (She recommends that you not try to do this during a business meeting.)

And then for good measure, she shares two photographs of her mother, Helen Rex Frazier, taken in 1936, posed in front of the Deuel cabin (which now sits on the West Temple plaza between the Family History Library and the Museum of Church History and Art, but which for much of the 20th century stood near the southeast corner of Temple Square, beneath a protective pergola), which is part of our set, and in front of the College building (which is not one of the models in our set, but was one of the buildings of the old Latter-day Saints University facing the temple across Main Street, which once stood between the Smith and Young Memorial Buildings that are included in our set.




  1. Keepa’ninny Mina also built one of the structures and sent in two photographs which will be illustrations for an historical post coming up later this week.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 19, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

  2. That’s wonderful, Bessie! Did you print them out on copy paper, or on card stock?

    I love the photos. With those 1930s styles, your mother looks like she stepped right off the set of a black and white movie.

    Comment by Researcher — January 19, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  3. Great work! It was nice to see the final version. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Hunter — January 19, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

  4. Thanks, Ardis, this is great fun. And it clearly illustrates why I don’t accomplish too much at home. I did locate those pictures, and scanned in a few more to save in the effort.

    Comment by Bessie — January 19, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  5. I printed them on regular paper, intending to “keep a copy.”

    Comment by Bessie — January 19, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

  6. This is so cool. I’ll have to remember to have my kids do this for art next week (since I forgot today).

    Comment by Amira — January 19, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  7. Very cool. Were you able to verify that President Hinckley’s sister was indeed the creator of those?

    Comment by Reed Russell — January 19, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  8. Don’t know yet, Reed; haven’t found anything that says she was an artist, or worked for the Children’s Friend, or anything definitive. Yet.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 19, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  9. Nice work! They look fantastic for just being printed on regular paper, too.

    Comment by Mina — January 19, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  10. Extraordinary!

    Comment by J. Stapley — January 19, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

  11. Bravo! Do you share that characteristic head-tilt with your mother? Lovely.

    Comment by ESO — January 19, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  12. I’m glad that Bessie took the challenge and built her historic buildings for us to see.

    Comment by Maurine — January 20, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

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