Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Columbus Ohio Temple

60th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; interior tile and stone work underway; cladding the steeple and exterior walls; re-sheeting the roof; installing copestones on mechanical/storage building; estimated to be completed in mid-2022

Closed for Renovation

Open house and rededication dates not yet announced
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Columbus Ohio Temple

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3870 Gateway Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio  43228
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 614-351-5001


NO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
NO distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


25 April 1998

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

12 September 1998 by John K. Carmack

Public Open House: 

21–28 August 1999


4–5 September 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley


1.35 acres

Exterior Finish: 

Imperial Danby White variegated marble quarried from Vermont

Architectural Features: 

Single attached spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

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

Total Floor Area: 

10,700 square feet

Temple Renovation

On August 15, 2020, the Columbus Ohio Temple closed for extensive renovation. During the closure, patrons in the temple district are encouraged to attend the Indianapolis Indiana Temple and Detroit Michigan Temple. The temple is expected to reopen in late 2022, but specific dates and details will be announced as the renovation nears completion.

Temple Locale

The Columbus Ohio Temple is located 150 miles south of Kirtland, Ohio, where the restored Church of Jesus Christ dedicated its first temple in 1836. The temple stands in a wooded area of western Columbus adjacent to a meetinghouse in the Columbus Ohio Stake. The beautiful white Vermont marble facing on the exterior was quarried near Sharon, Vermont, the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Temple Facts

The Columbus Ohio Temple was second temple built in Ohio, following the Kirtland Temple (1836), which is no longer owned or operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Shortly after construction began on the Columbus Ohio Temple, the floor plan was altered to include an additional room where patrons who had traveled long distances could eat and change clothes before presenting themselves at the recommend desk. This feature was included in the design of subsequent temples, starting with the Spokane Washington Temple.

Temple History—Site Ownership

Ownership of the temple site has ties to Julia Clapp Murdock, a devoted member who lived in Kirtland at the time of Joseph Smith. On April 30, 1831, Julia passed away after giving birth to twins on the same day that Emma gave birth to twins who died shortly after birth. Julia's husband asked the Prophet and Emma to care for the twins, feeling he was unable. The gesture helped softened Emma's sorrow. Julia's father, Orris, was a member of Sidney Rigdon's congregation, who eventually became embittered toward the Church and left New York for Ohio accompanied by his brother, Abner Clapp. Upon their arrival, Abner purchased the land where the temple now stands. Records indicate he was the land's first owner, and as far as can be ascertained, he did not share his brother's animosity toward the Church.1

  1. Shaun Stahle, "Spiritual celebration—Columbus Ohio Temple dedicated," Church News 11 Sept. 1999: 3.

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