Construction of the Tabernacle began in 1863 and was completed in 1875. According to legend, Brigham Young originated the design for the Tabernacle's dome after contemplating a hollowed-out egg shell cracked lengthwise. Young wanted the Tabernacle roof to be self-supporting, without pillars or posts to block audience views. Borrowing the bridge-building technique of Henry Grow, engineers created the domed roof was created by using steam to bend the massive wooden planks, which then were lashed together with rawhide thongs and wooden pegs to span the 150-foot-width of the building. The result is an amazing engineering and acoustical accomplishment.
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Fun Fact:The dome-shaped auditorium that is the home of the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir is so acoustically sensitive that a pin dropped in the pulpit can be clearly heard at the back of the hall, 170 feet away.