September 30, 2022

Goodbye, Place Age style. Now we know what the Provo Temple will seem like.

Reworking will give it a considerably more regular glance.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints) The existing Provo temple, still left, and a rendering of the reconstruction.

The Latter-working day Saint temple in Provo is acquiring a makeover — from its unique House Age, circular structure to a additional standard, conventional search.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints introduced a rendering Wednesday of what the iconic sanctuary will search like immediately after it is remodeled. The temple will continue to be in its existing spot but be unrecognizable from its present sort.

The rounded temple, designed by then-church architect Emil Fetzer, opened in 1972, just months right after its architectural twin, the Ogden Temple — the only other temple with a related, round design and style — was committed. That temple was rebuilt as a a lot more classic structure as properly and reopened in 2014.

“The Ogden and Provo temples evoke a Room Age symbolism, a streamlined Saturn V rocket propelling the Apollo module beyond the terrestrial frontiers and into the fantastic void of house,” Steven Cornell and Kirk Huffaker wrote in The Salt Lake Tribune in 2010. “…The supposed image, a Hebraic pillar of fireplace atop the cloud God used to stifle the Egyptian military as Israel created her miraculous escape, was very similar to the fashionable Saturn V imagery.”

And Fetzer’s interiors for the Ogden and Provo temples showcased an innovation that has given that turn into a Latter-working day Saint staple: Ordinance rooms — wherever associates hear the tale of human heritage from the Backyard of Eden by means of mortality to the afterlife — all direct to the Celestial Home, symbolizing heaven, in the middle.

The current Provo Temple design is “part of a larger sized designed landscape that made in the mid-20th century,” David Amott, govt director of Preservation Utah, wrote Wednesday. “Many of Brigham Young University’s modernist structures, the Missionary Training Middle, and the residences bordering the temple were being designed in far more or considerably less the identical period and consequently cling together in a unified way.”

To put a classically styled creating in the middle of this more substantial landscape “would wipe out this unique, dwelling history of how the LDS Church grew (grew up) in the middle of the 20th century and grew to become the world-wide institution it is today,” Amott wrote in an email. “The Provo Temple established a prototype for all temples that arrived after it (in the LDS Church’s effort and hard work to choose the temple working experience to the four corners of the environment), and for that purpose by itself it justifies to stand.”

Generations of “missionaries from all above the globe, BYU students, and so forth., have utilised this temple to receive their non secular rites, execute rituals for some others, etcetera.,” he added. “This is not just a community temple and a regional difficulty.”

Social media was awash in responses about the proposed revisions.

“I am sad to see it go! The outdated Provo temple is like your household canine. We are allowed to complain about it but that doesn’t signify we want to switch it!” tweeted Lauren Simpson. “It’s an hideous pet, but it is OUR ugly puppy.”

“It was unique, cleanly inventive w/thoroughly preferred symbolism,” Weston C. tweeted, “and took a cherished (if sometimes poked fun at) put in individual/community background.”

“Moving from a upcoming-oriented design and style to previous-oriented is intriguing,” Chad Reiser wrote on Twitter. “The church had a compact handful of temples in the ‘60s, now all temples are created to search like they’ve been there for hundreds of a long time.”

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the planned overhaul in the faith’s October Normal Conference.

The Provo Temple will near following the completion of the Orem Temple, which is under building. No dates have been announced for the completion of the latter and the closure of the former.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints.) This rendering reveals what the finished Smithfield Temple will appear like.

The church also launched a rendering Wednesday of the Smithfield Temple, which was announced by Nelson in April. The three-tale, 81,00-square-foot developing will be manufactured on 13.3 acres at the intersection of 800 West and 100 North just north of Logan.

There are presently 14 temples working in Utah, and three a lot more — the pioneer-era Salt Lake, St. George and Manti buildings — are going through renovation. Temples also are planned or below building in Ephraim, the Heber Valley, Layton, Lindon, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George (a next a single), Syracuse, Taylorsville and Tooele — for a overall of 28 current or introduced Latter-day Saint temples in the Beehive Condition.

Latter-day Saints consider a temple to be a Home of the Lord, in which Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed by ordinances that unite family members for eternity.