The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints built the Flagstaff Institute of Religion in 1968. It served as a campus house of worship and educational center. Students attended religion-based classes at the Institute and earned a certificate in Religious Studies after completing eighteen credit hours of classes. It offered summer courses and held small ceremonies for its graduates. Both Mormons and non-Mormons used it as a social gathering space.
Northern Arizona University purchased the Institute from the Church in 1997, renamed it the Ponderosa Building, and used it for Disability Support Services (D.S.S.) the next year. D.S.S. remained until moving to the new Health and Learning Center in 2011. As of 2016, the NAU School of Music occupies the Ponderosa Building.