Paul Anderson, a Utah architect who specialized in Mormon site restoration, died March 23, 2018, at age 72.
Anderson graduated from Stanford in 1968 with a degree in architecture. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Princeton in 1972.
He practiced architecture in California for three years before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1976 he was hired full time to work on Mormon historic sites. Anderson worked on the restoration of the Brigham City Tabernacle, the interior of the Manti Temple, the Kimball Home in Nauvoo, and the Brigham Young Winter Home, among others. In 1988, he received one of 10 awards from President Ronald Reagan for outstanding privately funded historic-preservation projects.
Anderson spent seven years (1984 to 1991) as the senior exhibits designer at the Museum of Church History and Art. He then joined Brigham Young University, where he helped plan the Museum of Art and designed exhibits until he retired in 2014. He also taught undergraduate courses and honors seminars at BYU. He wrote and presented papers in his field. He also sang in the Utah Symphony Chorus and authored four hymns in the current Mormon hymnbook (1985).
Anderson is survived by his wife, Lavina; and a son.
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