The chapel has 3 floors. The first floor/ground level can accommodate a wheel chair and is this is where visitors are greeted by local guides/residents of Pine Valley (not missionaries). Here, you can ask questions and see a short video of history of Pine Valley and how the meeting house was built. The chapel portion of the building is on the 2d floor - no wheel chair access. The 3rd floor - no wheel chair access - only has 1 room and a viewing area into the attic, where you can see the original timber work of the roof, and the curved joists of the chapel's ceilng. Very interesting.
The Church has updated the building and reinforced the foundation while keeping the original architecture. Worth a visit.
I wonder what the Mormon building on the Catawba Nation in South Carolina looks like. I think it's old, but I've never seen it. The Catawba converted back in the mid-1800's, and have remained mostly Mormon since. I know their chapel features a churchyard, where,due to cramped space, people are buried according to how long their family has been LDS. If they're still using an old building, it has to date way back there.
I bet the church really loathes that the Pine Valley chapel is part of the National Register of Historic Places. I'm sure the church would love to raze it and build one of their McWard meetinghouses in its place. The lack of standardization of church buildings upsets the harmonic balance of correlation. Nelson probably feels that this is another victory for Stan.
What about the church up at Beaver damn? Where the Bear river comes through the gorge from Cache County to Box Elder. I'm sure parts of it are from the 1860s as well.
And then there is the Farmington Church where the first primary was held. And of course the old church in salt lake where Hinkley went, on 4th South 5th East, by Chuck o Rama, it's from the the 1870's.
The old 19th pioneer ward in Salt Lake is still standing but it's from the 1880s if I recall right. Presently used by the Salt Lake theater company.
The Bountiful Tabernacle was started in 1857, finished in 1863 I believe.
There is also supposedly a church in England that was donated to the mormons in 1840, but sold by them in 1842. Then about 10 years ago a group of mormons purchased it and after some repairs turned it back into a ward house. I think in Herefordshire?
The chapel refered to is Gadfield Elm in Worcestershire. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadfield_Elm_Chapel), but it was not built by the mormons. Another dishonourable record for Enlgland is that it has the oldest congregation: Preston.
The oldest surviving LDS chapel is probably the Kirtland temple. That building was multi-use. They held church meetings there and there were classrooms on the top story. School was held during the week. It's called a temple but it also served as a meeting house.
The Kirtland temple opened in 1833. Just three years after the founding of the LDS church. I can't think of another structure used for church services still standing that is older.
It is owned by some other church now and mormons were up in arms when whoever first purchased it changed the top to a bell tower. I think they've painted over it now, too. I wonder how old that place is. It is on the west side of main, north end. Seems like there is an auto repair shop across the street just north. I'd have to go look. For a long time, it was still owned by the lds church.
The meeting house (that wasn't so old) that was torn down on main street in Hyrum, the property must have been sold. There are homes going up on that spot.
Oh yes, that one out in Beaver Dam is something! My sister's in-laws were from Beaver Dam and she lived out there in one of the old homes for the first few months of her marriage some 40+ years ago.
I think the Brigham City tabernacle is much more attractive than most tabernacles. It was painted for a long time, but they finally removed the paint. They were doing something to it the past few months, but I haven't been by to see what they did now. It is a much prettier building than that eye sore of a temple in Brigham.