Cellpic Sunday – Assembly Hall in Temple Square

The gothic-style Assembly Hall.

Temple Square, home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is probably the most visited site in Utah. The square houses historical buildings and places of worship for the Mormons. One of the oldest buildings on the site is the Assembly Hall on the southwest corner of the square. Its 24 spires are unmistakable to visitors.

The building was constructed started in 1877 on the site of the first Tabernacle that was torn down after the completion of the new, larger place of worship. Completed in 1880, the gothic Victorian-style building was constructed from stones not needed in the construction of the nearby Salt Lake Temple. For about a century and a half, the Assembly Hall has served to house smaller gatherings than can be housed in the larger temple and provides an overflow area when the temple has a gathering too large to house all in one building.

About the photo: My Samsung S20U captured several photos inside Temple Square. On the day we visited, there were construction areas, and access to some of the visitor areas was closed. The Assembly Hall with its beautiful spires bathed in the early morning sun presented a photo opportunity of the historic house of worship. I exported the images from my cell phone into Adobe Lightroom, cropped and straightened the image, and then sent it off to Luminar Neo. There, I did a very minor adjustment to the image, tweaking only the Structure AI and Enhance AI sliders to bring out more details in the building. You can take a closer look in 2K HD on my Flickr site by simply clicking on the image above. Once you are on Flickr, click on the image there to zoom in and check out the detailed view of the gardens in front of the building.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment. Oh, and, you don’t have to post it on a Sunday.

John Steiner


  1. The end result is a very good photo John. I would never remember what I do to tweak mine or totally transform. I would have to do stop take notes too much😂

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