Proposal for Zion’s City Center from Edward Partridge, circa Late September 1833

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

I have marked out the 2 squares below & also the 24 buildings. I have arranged them so as to leave the spaces between them more equal, and according to the natural judgment of man would be preferable to the arrangement on the plat <​you sent you,​>— Thinking perhaps that their arrangement was not by revelation, and that also that you had not seen them platted out has induced me to plat them this way for you to view & reflect upon
Cardinal Directions
West
South
East
Proposed Plan for Central Squares
101112
 
789
 
456
 
123
 
4222324rods 4
5⅓
19between 6 & 7 rods20between 6 & 7 rods21
5⅓
161718
5⅓
131415
4 rods
If the plan on this s[page torn] should be considered preferable to the other perhaps it would be wisdom to set the buildings [page torn]rer the streets than what they are marked [p. [1]]
A vie[w] [o]f the 24 houses as sent on the plat
Cardinal Directions
N
W
S
E
Original Plan for Central Squares
24
64646462
36912 99 ft
10
25811 4
10
214710 4
44
24
6464646
15182124 4
10
14172023 4
10
13161922 4
4
[p. [2]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    By rearranging the twenty-four temples in Zion’s central squares so that there would be three temples across and four down, rather than four across and three down, Partridge was able to “leave the spaces between them more equal.” His proposal required him to renumber the temples, but he placed the temple labeled “1” in the southwest corner of the center block, the same location where the first temple appears in the Revised Plat of the City of Zion, ca. Early Aug. 1833.  

  2. 2

    These cardinal directions appear, respectively, on the left, bottom, and right of the page.  

  3. 3

    TEXT: Possibly “side”.  

  4. 4

    Probably “nearer”.  

  5. 5

    Even though it provided an extra twenty feet of end-to-end space between the temples, Partridge’s three-across, four-down arrangement still managed to allow a generous four-rod (sixty-six-foot) border between the temples and the streets. Partridge is here suggesting that even more space between the buildings could be gained by reducing that border. The revised plat of the city of Zion called for only a two-rod (thirty-three-foot) separation between the temples and the streets on the east and west sides of the two temple blocks. (See Revised Plat of the City of Zion, ca. Early Aug. 1833.)  

  6. 6

    TEXT: “vie[hole in paper]f”.  

  7. 7

    See Revised Plat of the City of Zion, ca. Early Aug. 1833.  

  8. 8

    The following are cardinal directions that appear, respectively, on the top, left, bottom, and right of the page.