St. George Temple Renovations Have Begun
Work crews have preparing the St. George Temple for its major renovations since it was closed in November 2019, and over the last couple of weeks those renovations were started. The most visible changes so far, as you can see in the pictures below, are the removals of the twentieth-century additions on the north and west sides of the temple.
These future changes will include structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and finish work, including large changes to the grounds to the north and east of the temple. For those who are close (both in distance and in heart) to the temple, this is surely to be somewhat of an interesting (difficult?) road over the next couple of years. But the final results will be wonderful.
As for keeping the original structure and history, one of the most important aspects of the renovations is to preserve the original building and craftsmanship. The building itself is in excellent condition, despite its age. It’s endured very well over the many years it’s been in operation. But some upgrades still need to be made in order to help it last many more years, and to make it safer and more functional.
Another wonderful blessing that has already come from the renovations is the small details that have been discovered that will help historians better understand the history of the temple. They can finally see, for the first time in 100 years, what the original floor plan was, what the paint colors were, or where the original door openings were. These are wonderful insights into our history.
These renovations are scheduled to be finished some time in 2022. Once work is done, there will be a public open house and a rededication. We’ll be posting more about the renovations over the next couple of years, as well as the renovations for the Salt Lake Temple that are also underway.