News Release

Plans Unveiled for Salt Lake Temple Renovation

Details and project renderings have been released regarding the upcoming closure and renovation of the historic Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the pioneer-era temple will close December 29, 2019 and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation. The temple is expected to reopen in 2024.

“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 heavily impacted as existing buildings are demolished and the entire area undergoes a renovation and restoration. The existing annex and temple addition on the north side, which was 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.”


Construction of the Salt Lake Temple began in 1853 under the direction of Church President Brigham Young. The temple was dedicated 40 years later by Church President Wilford Woodruff on April 6, 1893. The temple has been renovated many times since its original dedication. The most extensive renovation took place from 1962 to 1966 during which new plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems were installed. An addition for sealing rooms was added to the north side of the temple, and the original temple annex was demolished with a new, larger annex constructed.

President Nelson spoke about theSalt Lake Temple renovation projectand others in general conference on April 7, 2019. He said, “Efforts will be made to preserve the unique historicity of each temple wherever possible, preserving the inspiring beauty and unique craftsmanship of generations long-since passed.”


Visitor Experience

It is intended 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.

“We will work diligently to maintain the regular functions of surrounding facilities and activities during our construction activities,” said Roberts. “We look forward to our continued coordination with Salt Lake City and many associated departments of Church headquarters in this historic renovation.”

Other Temple Square attractionsthat will be accessible to visitors during the temple renovation include the Family History Library, Church History Museum, Church History Library, Conference Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Lion House and Beehive House.

“We promise that you will love the results,” said President Nelson. “They will emphasize and highlight the life, ministry, and mission of Jesus Christ in His desire to bless every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.”

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