The following is the report of the regular meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles held this morning at 10 A.M. in the temple... The subject of the erection of a Sunday School building in Ogden [Utah] for the Deaf Mutes was briefly considered, plans for the proposed building by the architect having been submitted, to cost $20,000., and its furniture to cost $1500.
The proposition to erect this building was referred to a committee consisting of Pres[iden]t. Lyman, George Albert Smith and David O. McKay. The committee are to satisfy themselves as to whether or not a building sufficiently commodious cannot be erected for less than $20,000, perhaps half of the amount, and
they are to ascertain whether or not an addition for this purpose cannot be made to the Ogden Sixth Ward meeting house, this with a view to convenience and reducing janitorial expense.
... On motion of Bro[ther]. Grant, it was decided to refer the proposition contained in this communication to the same committee appointed to consider the erection of the Sunday School building for the deaf mutes, namely, Pres[iden]t. Lyman, George Albert Smith and David O. McKay, with the Presiding Bishopric added, who are to investigate and report with recommendations later. ... (1)
-- February 11, 1915; Thursday
The following is the report of the regular meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles held this morning at 10 A.M. in the temple.
Present: Pres[iden]ts. [Joseph F.] Smith, [Anthon H.] Lund, [Charles W.] Penrose and [Francis M.] Lyman, Elders Heber J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, George Albert Smith, Orson F. Whitney, David O. McKay, George Albert Smith, Orson F. Whitney, David O. McKay, and James E. Talmage.
Bishop David A. Smith was present with an elevated plan of the new Church office building now being erected, showing Corinthian columns all around the building, and President Smith explained that the question had been put to the First Presidency as to whether the exterior of the building should be granite, terra cotta or brick, that bids had been received to supply granite for the exterior walls for the sum of $300,416, and for terra cotta $179,000 less, but that no bid had ye4t been received for brick.
Bishop Smith explained that no bids had been solicited for using brick for the reason that if brick should be used the exterior plan of the building would necessarily have to be changed.
As a means of materially reducing the cost of the building, a motion was made by Bro[ther]. Joseph F[ielding]. Smith Jr., and seconded by bro[ther]. McKay, to do away with the Corinthian columns around the sides and back. This idea however was met by information from Bishop Smith, who explained that if this motion prevailed, some other support would have to be used for the upper floors.
After a good deal of discussion, a motion by Pres[iden]t. Penrose prevailed that the question be laid over until the difference of cost could be ascertained between brick and granite, and that it be referred to a committee who are to confer with the Presiding Bishopric in regard to it.
President Smith then appointed Bro[ther]s. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay and James E. Talmage to serve on the committee. ... (1)
-- March 4, 1915; Thursday
The following is the report of the regular meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles held this morning in the temple at 10 A.M... Bro[ther]. George Albert Smith informed the Council that Bro[ther]. Talmage and he and other brethren had given the subject of ventilation of the temple some attention, and had concluded to recommend certain changes and improvements, including three windows fans, also to use plate glass screens for several of the windows, improvements estimated to cost $400.
The Council decided to adopt the recommendation, on motion of Bro[ther]. Clawson. ... (1)
-- March 25, 1915; Thursday
The following is the report of the regular meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles held this morning in the temple at 10 A.M.
Present: Pres[iden]ts. [Joseph F.] Smith, [Anthon H.] Lund, [Charles W.] Penrose and [Francis M.] Lyman, Elders Heber J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, George Albert Smith, George F. Richards,
Orson F. Whitney, David O. McKay, Anthony W. Ivins, Joseph F[ielding]. Smith Jr., James E. Talmage and the Patriarch. ...
Bro[ther]. Grant reported that the committee appointed to consider the question as to whether brick or granite should be used in the new Church building, unanimously recommended that granite be used, according to the plans of the architect. Bro[ther]. Grant said that the plans had been drawn for the granite columns, and that to dispense with them on the sides, as had been suggested, would affect the plans; and the base of the building had already been laid to support them, and to make the contemplated change now would mar the appearance of the building very much.
Bro[ther]. Clawson and Pres[iden]t. Lyman moved that the report of the committee be approved and accepted. Seconded by Bro[ther]. Joseph F. Smith and carried unanimously. ... (1)
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