: Taken by photographer Ihna Thayer Frary in 1934, this photograph shows the inner wall of the Mormon Temple in Kirtland, Ohio. Construction of the Temple began in 1833, and it was dedicated in 1836, as the first church constructed by the Church of the Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church. Kirtland Temple was the spiritual center of the Mormon Church until the majority of Mormons there left in 1838 to follow founder Joseph Smith, Jr., westward to Missouri, Illinois, and eventually Utah. The three-story structure is built primarily of sandstone stuccoed with plaster. Kirtland Temple achieved National Historic Landmark status in 1976.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1873, Ihna Thayer Frary was a prominent American art and architecture scholar, whose primary interest was the architectural heritage of the region of northeastern Ohio known as the Western Reserve. In addition to serving as publicity and membership secretary of the Cleveland Museum of Art, he was a professor of Ohio and American architecture at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Western Reserve University’s School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, Frary was a design consultant for private clients and designed furniture, and was an active member of several prominent arts councils in the Cleveland area.
In 1963, Frary and his two sons donated his entire photographic collection to the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection). The Ihna Thayer Frary Collection consists of 4,000 5 x 7 photographs of private residences, churches, taverns, and public buildings, as well as select rural buildings, bridges, archaeological sites, and public monuments. View on Ohio Memory.
: P112_B54B_3686_01 Subjects
: Frary, I. T. (Ihna Thayer); Photography--Ohio; Western Reserve; Kirtland Temple; Mormon temples; Church buildings--Ohio; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Places
: Kirtland (Ohio); Lake County (Ohio)