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Boston Massachusetts Temple

100th dedicated temple in operation
Boston Massachusetts Temple

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100 Hinckley Wy
Belmont, Massachusetts  02478-2135
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 617-993-9993


Clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


30 September 1995

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

13 June 1997 by Richard G. Scott

Public Open House: 

29 August–23 September 2000


1 October 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley


8 acres  |  3.2 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Olympia white granite

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Four instruction rooms (two-stage progressive), four sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

69,600 square feet  |  6,466 square meters


139 feet  |  42.4 meters


331 feet  |  101 meters

Temple Locale

Standing atop a wooded granite hillside in the northwest suburb of Belmont, the Boston Massachusetts Temple is a striking landmark along the busy Concord Turnpike. The public is welcome to tour the grounds of the temple and adjoining meetinghouse, which feature a series of walkways that wind among the beautiful trees and meticulously landscaped grounds.

Temple History

The Boston Massachusetts Temple was the first temple built in New England (and in Massachusetts).

The Boston Massachusetts Temple holds the distinction of being the 100th operating temple of the Church—fulfilling President Gordon B. Hinckley's desire to have 100 temples in operation before the end of the year 2000.

The joint announcement of the Boston Massachusetts Temple and the White Plains New York Temple, later named the Harrison New York Temple, replaced the Church's previously announced plans to build a regional Hartford Connecticut Temple to serve members in both New York and New England.

The Boston Massachusetts Temple site was originally purchased for the meetinghouse that adjoins the temple. And although the architect was asked to design the meetinghouse for the center of the property, he could only devise a design that placed the building in the lower corner. Despite the urging of Church leaders, he insisted that another architect would have to be hired if they wanted the building elsewhere. The design was accepted. That decision left a large empty parcel at the top of the granite crag, perfect for the later-announced temple.

The original design for the Boston Massachusetts Temple was a 94,000-square-foot structure with six bulky spires of varying heights—the highest reaching 156 feet. A priesthood assembly room would occupy the majority of the top floor with the Celestial Room opening up to a top floor balcony. In a gesture of kindness toward opposing neighbors, however, the Church eliminated the top floor, all but one spire, and reduced the overall size of the building to minimize its impact on the neighborhood.

An Early Rendering of the Boston Massachusetts Temple

An Early Rendering of the Boston Massachusetts Temple

Not long after construction of the Boston Massachusetts Temple began, a few neighbors became alarmed by its size and filed suit with the intention to have the temple torn down. The plaintiffs argued that the state's Dover Amendment, which exempts religious buildings from local zoning, violated the separation of Church and State. The federal judge disagreed and ruled in favor of the Church.

Salt Lake Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney escorted U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy through the Boston Massachusetts Temple during the VIP open house. Just six years earlier, Romney had challenged Kennedy for his veteran seat in the Senate in a heated race many considered too close for comfort.

The Boston Massachusetts Temple was dedicated without a steeple due to a lawsuit contesting the proposed height of the steeple. The Church eventually won the case on appeal, and the 139-foot steeple was added about a year after the dedication.

Elder Loren C. Dunn, the first president of the Boston Massachusetts Temple, passed away just hours after the court's ruling that the steeple could be added.

The angel Moroni statue was installed atop the Boston Massachusetts Temple on September 21, 2001, in a tri-temple setting honoring the 178th anniversary of the first appearance of Moroni to the Prophet Joseph Smith. (The other two temples participating in the setting were the Nauvoo Illinois Temple and the The Hague Netherlands Temple.)

The angel Moroni statue atop the Boston Massachusetts Temple is a casting made by LaVar Wallgren of the statue created by Torlief Knaphus for the Washington D.C. Ward chapel, which he made as a replica of Cyrus E. Dallin's statue atop the Salt Lake Temple. (Other castings of this statue stand atop the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple and formerly atop the Atlanta Georgia Temple.)

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