Ricks College, JohnTaylor Religion Building

Rexburg, Idaho

Ricks College is a small liberal-arts college in southern Idaho and part of the educational system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The architect designed the John Taylor Religion Building to reflect the spirituality and religious reverence that symbolize the college’s mission.

The building houses the religion and humanities departments, as well as ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$135.00FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYChapels/Worship Centers campus stake with nine student wards. Space has also been provided for church social activities as well as academic programs.

The chapel normally seats 400, but can accommodate 2,000 when combined with the cultural hall. Its design allows for natural light to flood the subdued and peaceful religious gathering space. Natural light is not only religiously symbolic but also is of unique importance in a very harsh winter environment where temperatures often drop to 30 degrees below zero.

A skylit student commons area is for studying and socializing. Two kitchens have been provided for use by church groups, clubs and campus organizations. The second level houses faculty offices for both departments.

Photographer: ©Wayne Thom