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Ogden temple renovation to include significant architectural face-lift

Under the direction of the First Presidency, Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy announced plans Feb. 17 for the Ogden Utah Temple to undergo significant remodeling and receive an architectural face lift. Bishop Keith B. McMullin, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, was also present for the announcement.

The Church announced plans on Feb. 17, 2010, to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift.
The Church announced plans on Feb. 17, 2010, to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift.

Although no date has been set for the temple to temporarily close for its renovation, artistic renderings of what the temple will look like following the remodeling are already available. According to David R. Hall, director of temple and special projects for the Church, the new face of the Ogden Utah Temple will be a variation of the Draper Utah Temple dedicated in 2009.

"This is a huge investment — it basically is the same cost as building a new temple," said Elder Walker, executive director of the Church's Temple Department. "It is a major investment for the Church to refurbish not just the temple, but all the temple grounds and the [Ogden] Tabernacle will be worked on as well, so it will be like a new temple square here in Ogden."

Elder William R. Walker, right, and Bishop Keith B. McMullin display      a rendering depicting renovations planned for the Ogden Utah Temple.
Elder William R. Walker, right, and Bishop Keith B. McMullin display a rendering depicting renovations planned for the Ogden Utah Temple. Photo: Stuart Johnson/Deseret News

In conjunction with the renovations to be done to the temple and neighboring tabernacle, the Church will also beautify some of the surrounding downtown areas adjacent to the two central structures. These changes include converting an above-ground parking structure into underground parking, new landscaping that will entail gardens and a fountain being placed on the west side of the temple, and removing the steeple of the Ogden Tabernacle so it no longer competes visually with the temple's steeple.

The Church announced plans Feb. 17 to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift from the circular design of today to a more contemporary style.
The Church announced plans Feb. 17 to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift from the circular design of today to a more contemporary style. Photo: Copyright Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The Church announced plans Feb. 17 to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift from the circular design of today to a more contemporary style.
The Church announced plans Feb. 17 to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift from the circular design of today to a more contemporary style. Photo: Copyright Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

The temple's inner structure will largely remain the same. However, the temple's entrance will be moved from its west side to the east side. Also, some structural changes will be made to accommodate seismic renovations — for example, the size of the third and fourth floors will be reduced to eliminate the cantilever aspect of the temple's current architecture, wherein the circumference of the upper levels of the temple physically protrude beyond that of the ground-level second floor.

A rendering depicting renovations planned for the Ogden Utah Temple.
A rendering depicting renovations planned for the Ogden Utah Temple. Photo: Copyright Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The Church announced plans on Feb. 17, 2010, to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift.
The Church announced plans on Feb. 17, 2010, to give the Ogden Utah Temple a major renovation and face-lift. Photo: Copyright Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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