Two Temple Closures Announced
The First Presidency announced that two temples will close for extensive renovation beginning in early 2018. In February 2018, the Oakland California Temple will close. And beginning in March 2018, the Washington DC Temple will close. Both temples will have their furnishings updated and mechanical systems upgraded.
Once the renovations are complete, both temples will host public opens houses (dates will be announced at a later time). The Oakland Temple is scheduled to be finished and re-dedicated in 2019, and the Washington D.C. Temple is scheduled to be finished and re-dedicated in 2020.
The Oakland Temple was the 13th temple of the Church when it was dedicated in 1964. It was the second temple built in California, after the Los Angeles Temple. It has already had one renovation, finished in 1990, which also took two years of extensive refurbishing and updating.
The Washington D.C. Temple, which was dedicated in 1974, was the 16th temple of the Church and the first temple built in the Eastern United States. It’s actually the only temple outside of Utah to house six ordinance room, and it is the tallest temple in the world, standing at 288 feet.