Mesa Arizona Temple
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- September 16, 2019 – 3-pronged temple-area project rolls along
Fitting the Pageant Stage on the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
The multi-level stage for the annual Mesa Easter Pageant is rising on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple grounds to fit it to the new platform. The first production of the pageant was held over 90 years ago in 1928, and it is now considered the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world. Renovations on the temple are progressing steadily including the replacement of the upper windows. Work is also proceeding on the Family Discovery Center and housing project being constructed across the street.
Window Work at the Mesa Arizona Temple
Scaffolding has returned to the upper walls of the Mesa Arizona Temple where work is underway on the narrow windows that contribute to the building's iconic exterior appearance. Another long-standing tradition at the temple—the presence of citrus trees—will also remain. Among the many varieties of trees that have been planted across the temple grounds is a small grove of orange trees.
Trees Reach South End of Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
For the past seven months, trees have been planted at the Mesa Arizona Temple grounds, starting at the north end of the site and working south. New trees have now been planted at the south end, next to the parking lot, marking an exciting milestone for the grounds renovation. Forms are up for the northeast retaining wall around the temple, footings have been poured for the pageant stage, and more stairs and walkways are appearing in the area between the temple grounds and pageant grounds. Several walls have been erected for the building that will house the Family Discovery Center.
West Reflection Pool Poured at the Mesa Arizona Temple
Progress continues on the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple where the concrete slab has been poured for the west reflection pool, palm trees are being planted on either side of the pool, more surface parking has been created at the southwest corner of the temple block, and the superstructure is rising for the Discovery Center across the street from the temple. Watch the most recent video update.
Parking Lot Curbing Being Poured at the Mesa Arizona Temple
The latest flight around the Mesa Arizona Temple shows new parking lot curbing being poured at the southeast corner of the property. Rebar has been set for the west reflection pool slab, and the area designated for the Easter Pageant stage on the north lawn has been built up. Across the street from the temple, work on the substructure for the Discover Center is well underway including underground parking.
Ready to Pour West Reflection Pool at the Mesa Arizona Temple
The mid-June video update on the Mesa Arizona Temple shows the concrete forms in place for pouring the west reflection pool, directly across from the main entrance. The slab for the north reflection pool has already been completed. Work continues on building a retaining wall around the temple, and the major trees are now in place across the entire grounds.
Mesa Arizona Temple Landscaping Structures
A retaining wall has been poured around the northwest corner of the Mesa Arizona Temple, and forms are in the place for the southwest corner while footings are visible for the southeast corner. A grid of rebar has been set for the concrete slab for the north reflection pool. Trees that had been transplanted from the original landscaping are being reincorporated into the grounds as new trees continue to appear. Work has begun on altering and expanding the parking area.
Rebuilding the Mesa Arizona Temple Entrance
The iconic inscription stone over the west entrance to the Mesa Arizona Temple has been removed as crews prepare to make modifications including new structural reinforcement, a new inscription stone, new doors and lighting, and the addition of two more terra cotta columns. Progress continues on the landscaping structures being built on the north side of the temple. The landscaping was planned to provide unobstructed views of the temple from Main Street.
North Reflection Pool Coming Back to Mesa Arizona Temple
Watch the mid-April video update for the Mesa Arizona Temple to see exciting developments at the temple grounds including forms that have been set for the new reflection pool on the north side of the temple. Square excavations are also appearing for the gardens that will flank the pool. Trees have been planted along the west side of the temple and between the pageant grounds and temple grounds. Footings and rebar can be seen for several new landscape structures.
Latest Video Update on the Mesa Arizona Temple
Watch the latest video update on the Mesa Arizona Temple renovation project where over 100 new trees have found a home on the north lawn of the temple grounds. Roof work has been completed over the temple annex and portions of the temple proper, but the west entrance remains wide open. Concrete forms are in place for landscaping elements that are appearing between the north lawn and the more formal temple grounds.
More Trees Planted at the Mesa Arizona Temple
The grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple continue their comeback under the new landscaping plan conceived for the property. Additional trees have been planted on the north lawn along Main Street, and footings are being poured for large planters between the north lawn and the temple. The roof work over the temple annex has been nearly completed. Watch the latest video update.
Turning the Corner at the Mesa Arizona Temple
Demolition of the interior is nearing completion at the Mesa Arizona Temple, which closed nine months ago for renovation. Activities on the grounds have already shifted from clearing to rebuilding with the most noticeable additions being the double row of palm trees being planted on the north lawn along Main Street. Sections of roof over the cafeteria, baptistry entrance, and main west entrance are being replaced and reinforced. An on-site visitors' trailer (by appointment only) offers guests a wealth of historical information including displays of some of the original windows and terra cotta pieces removed during demolition.
First New Trees Planted at Mesa Arizona Temple Site
The work of rebuilding the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple is in full swing, and today saw the first new trees for the north lawn planted—a row of stately palm trees. Footings are going in for other landscape elements, and electrical wiring is being run for landscape lighting.
January Update on the Mesa Arizona Temple
Arizona's balmy winter weather is delivering ideal temperatures for contractors at the Mesa Arizona Temple. The on-site water storage tank has been completed, and work has started on running electrical wires and pouring footings for hard landscaping elements. Portions of the roof have been removed for replacement over the east and north extensions of the temple, which were originally courtyards that were later enclosed. Watch the most recent video update.
Mesa Arizona Temple: Christmas Eve Edition
The latest renovation update video for the Mesa Arizona Temple, posted on Christmas Eve, shows us the construction activities that were carried out during the last month of 2018. Much of the the work remains below ground level including the creation of large irrigation water storage system.
Drone Photographs of the Mesa Arizona Temple
New aerial stills of the Mesa Arizona Temple provide a sweeping view of the renovation and redevelopment progress taking place at the city's historic center. The former FamilySearch Library that stood across the street from the temple has been razed, and the site has been cleared for the new structure that will house a Family Discovery Center, visitor's center, and modern residences.
Mid-November Video Update on the Mesa Arizona Temple
Watch beautiful drone footage of the renovation progress at the Mesa Arizona Temple. Heavy equipment is grading the grounds for the new landscaping features including the reflection pools. Long black conduits are on site that will carry water and sewage underground. Crews continue to work on the exterior windows, and a construction fence has been erected around the old family history library across the street.
Windows Coming Down at the Mesa Arizona Temple
More evidence of construction activities can be seen at the Mesa Arizona Temple where scaffolding has been erected along some of the exterior walls, and windows are being removed and replaced with boards. Debris chutes are still visible at some of the window openings as the careful process of dismantling the interior continues.
Video Update of Activity at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
Grading Begins for New Grounds at the Mesa Arizona Temple
With the former grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple removed to create a clean slate, the contractor, Porter Brothers Inc., has announced that land grading has begun for the newly conceptualized grounds, which will include a large expanse to accommodate staging and seating for the annual Easter Pageant.
Grounds Cleared at the Mesa Arizona Temple
The barren soil around the Mesa Arizona Temple is a strange site for members of the Mesa community who have been enchanted by the brightly colored flowers, actively producing fruit trees, distinctive cactus plants, and captivating reflecting pools that have characterized the iconic grounds for more than 90 years.
Clearing the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
A drone perspective on the Mesa Arizona Temple site shows that little remains of the former grounds. In the foreground, a depression is visible where the west-side reflection pool once sat. A handful of trees have been preserved and protected with chain-link fencing.
Information Center Opened at the Mesa Arizona Temple
A construction trailer at the Mesa Arizona Temple has been repurposed as an information center that will accept visitors to the construction site. Missionaries will answer questions, make presentations, and offer other information about the Church.
Landscaping Disappearing from Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
The demolition crew at the Mesa Arizona Temple have made significant progress on removing grass, plants, planter boxes, and other landscaping elements from the grounds as part of a massive renovation and revitalization project for the temple and the surrounding residential area.
Renovations Announced for Three U.S. Temples
Mesa Serving Five YSA Stakes
With 66 young single adult (YSA) stakes operating in Utah, Idaho, and Virginia; Arizona became the latest state this weekend to see the creation of YSA stakes, all belonging to the Mesa Arizona Temple District. The university stake in Tempe became a YSA stake, and new stakes were created in Mesa (2), Gilbert, and Phoenix.
Lights, Music, Nativity Displays, and Free Gifts at Mesa's Christmas Celebration
The 30th Season of the Mesa Arizona Temple Gardens Christmas Light Celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving. Performers from organizations throughout Arizona with present free concerts each evening in this year's Birth of Christ in Light and Music Celebration.
Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant to Begin April 1
With the return of spring comes the long-standing Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant: Jesus the Christ, scheduled to open April 1. The pageant is held on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple, adjacent to the Visitors' Center. This production, based on biblical text, is open to the general public.