A timelapse video now making the rounds online captures one of the most amazing engineering feats in recent Utah history: the salvaging of the Provo Tabernacle.
The video — which appears to have been shot from the neighboring Nu Skin building — shows how crews replaced the foundation of the historic Mormon meeting house with stilts. That would have been an impressive feat on any construction site, but considering the building is a 129-year-old, 7-million-pound brick shell, it was nothing short of amazing in this case.
The Provo Tabernacle was gutted by fire Dec. 17, 2010. I had been a reporter for a week at the time and, because I lived two blocks away, I happened to be one of the first non-fire fighters on the scene. It was a gut-wrenching experience to see the building go up in flames and watching the events of the day, I got the sense that many people didn't realize how important the building was to the community until was gone.