First Pictures Inside the New Helena Temple & Open House Begins
After nearly two years of construction, the time has finally come to reveal to the public the interior of the new Helena Montana Temple. Latter-day Saints in the state are also welcoming visitors from the general public to the temple starting this coming weekend. Specially-invited guests began their tours of the new temple yesterday. Prior to the public open house on Saturday, the Church has released a number of beautiful photos of the finished interior of the beautiful temple.
The Helena Temple is very unique in the way of its construction process, as it is the first temple built with the design-manufacture-install (DMI) process. To sum up this fascinating process – the temple was built from modules that were constructed Alabama, and transported by truck to Helena. The modules were then connected and finished on site. While the modules encompassed a very large portion of the temple, the exterior stone cladding and spire assembly were also done on site, where the finishing touches were completed.
The entire DMI process is quite amazing, and will allow the Church to expedite construction while maintaining the same high-quality craftsmanship. For example, the Helena Temple’s quality and workmanship is as good as that of any temple. But once the modules were on site, they were put together in two weeks! This saves months or possibly years of construction time. If you’re interested in reading more about the process and seeing pictures of the modules before and after they were delivered to the site in Helena, you can take a look at the article here.
The art deco style of the new temple reflects Helena’s vibrant 19th-century architectural history, and includes designs that draw upon the Native American artwork of the area. The design of the building complements other architectural designs in Montana’s capital city. The decorative patterns both inside and outside were derived from the buttercup plant found throughout the state, utilizing the flower and leaf designs to draw upon principles of Native American geometric patterns.
The public open house for the Helena Temple will run from this Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, June 3, 2023, except for Sundays. Free reservations for tours can be made at www.churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/open-houses.
After the open house, the temple will be dedicated on Sunday, June 18, 2023, by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Unfortunately we don’t have any Helena Temple pictures for sale yet, but we hope to visit it soon!
Below photos courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Celestial Room in the Helena Temple
An waiting room in the Helena Temple
Design details in the Helena Temple
A hallway in the Helena Temple