The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the functions: ordinances, meetings, programs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the development of the physical plant. Inversely, the effect of Church house forms on the development of Church function was investigated. It was found that:
1. In Latter-day Saint Church development, form has always followed function.
2. Function has influenced form to a great extent. Priesthood, meeting, or other program needs are a prime factor in changing the form and design of Church buildings.
3. Form has influenced function only insofar as the physical plant lags so far behind new programs as to make the implementation of new functions difficult.
4. Function has influenced the form of Church buildings until they have become more specialized and "functional" to suit the exact purpose and need for which they have been built. Function first stimulated the creation of the form, then perfected it.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Davis, Ebbie LaVar, "Form-Function Relationships in the Development of LDS Church Architecture" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 4640.