Detailed Plans for the Salt Lake Temple Closure + Renderings
It was a big day for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who live in the Northern Utah area! This morning a press conference was held with President Nelson, other members of the Quorum of Apostles, and a number of others. Details were finally announced regarding the upcoming closure and renovation of the historic Salt Lake Temple.
President Nelson announced that the pioneer-era temple will close beginning December 29, 2019, and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation. The temple is expected to host a free, public open house before it re-opens in 2024. What a wonderful opportunity this will be for the world to tour the inside of such a marvelous and iconic temple!
“This project will enhance, refresh, and beautify the temple and its surrounding grounds,” said President Nelson. “Obsolete systems within the building will be replaced. Safety and seismic concerns will be addressed. Accessibility will be enhanced so that members with limited mobility can be better accommodated.”
The surrounding area on Temple Square and the plaza near the Church Office Building will also be affected as existing buildings are demolished and the area undergoes renovation and restoration. The existing annex and temple addition on the north side, which were built in the 1960s to add needed support facilities and more sealing (marriage) rooms, will be demolished and rebuilt.
“The Salt Lake Temple is the center of Temple Square and the Church headquarters campus,” said Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Church’s Presiding Bishopric. “New site improvements including multiple entry points will provide better access and views to the temple and through Temple Square. The new landscape will provide a pleasant atmosphere for all who visit Temple Square.”
During the renovation, the Church will closely coordinate pedestrian and vehicle traffic issues with Salt Lake City. It is expected that the North Visitors’ Center, Tabernacle and Assembly Hall will remain open to the public during construction. Tours by missionaries from the Temple Square Mission will continue to be available for guests during construction.
For more details, please visit the official news release on The Church’s website here.
Below are the wonderful renderings that were release this morning! Photos courtesy of Mormon Newsroom.
UPDATE APRIL 22, 2019
At the bottom of this page are some frequently asked questions regarding the renovation and closure of the temple.
Also, a wonderful video has been released that provides a virtual walk-through of the new temple grounds. Check it out below:
And here are the pictures:
Here are a few questions and answers that will hopefully help you better understand how the project will unfold in the coming years:
When and for how long will the Salt Lake Temple be closed?
The Salt Lake Temple will close on Dec. 29, 2019, and will remain closed for about four years. It is expected to reopen in 2024.
How will the renovation affect the plaza and other buildings on Temple Square?
The project will include the removal of the existing temple entry/annex, removal of the South Visitors’ Center, renovation of the historic Salt Lake Temple, construction of new temple entry buildings and visitor’s pavilions, and new landscaping.
The plaza between State Street on the east to the Main Street Plaza will be repaired and refreshed with greater emphasis on the visitor experience and on the Savior.
West of the Main Street Plaza, the temple renovation and nearby site improvements will extend from North Temple to South Temple and between the Tabernacle and Main Street Plaza.
There will still be access to the North Visitors’ Center, the Assembly Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle and other buildings surrounding the Salt Lake Temple.
How will the Temple Square renovation affect the annual tradition of Christmas lights?
Visitors will still be able to come and see Christmas lights, although it may be somewhat limited and smaller during the construction period.