Mesa Arizona Temple
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Sod Laid at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
The once-dirt north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple has now been covered in strips of rich green grass. During the annual Easter Pageant, the lawn will be filled with chairs for the audience. Numerous flowers have been planted on the east side of the temple in the garden spaces where the palm trees stand. The renovation is expected to be completed early next year, but it is unknown when an open house may be held.
Exterior Lighting Returns to the Mesa Arizona Temple
Nighttime lighting of the Mesa Arizona Temple, which has been extinguished for the past two and half years, came back last week to the delight of numerous Mesa residents. The precisely placed lighting combined with Arizona's stunning desert sunsets keeps the temple among the most photogenic. Watch a 30-second time-lapse video to see an overview of the progress on the temple grounds.
A Bird's-Eye View of the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
Watch the latest video update on the Mesa Arizona Temple to see the current state of the temple exterior and landscaping. The grounds are growing greener, and with flower-planting sessions planned for the weekends in November and December, it will grow more colorful as well. A sizable amount work of remains on the interior of the temple and on the Discovery Center across the street where the new visitors' center is located. Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, no open house and dedication dates have been announced for any temple including Mesa.
Flower-Planting Saturdays Planned for the Mesa Arizona Temple
The landscapers at the Mesa Arizona Temple are organizing massive flower-planting sessions on several Saturdays in November and December, making an open call to anyone interested in being a temporary paid worker on the temple grounds who meet the qualifications. More trees have been planted in close proximity to the temple and along 1st Avenue, creating a tree-lined boulevard that leads to the temple. Crates of tile and other materials for the interior finish work have recently arrived, supporting the workers who are carrying out the interior renovation.
Improvements Made to the East Plaza at the Mesa Arizona Temple
See the latest progress at the Mesa Arizona Temple including the nearly completed west entrance; the beautiful east plaza—created especially for bridal parties—with its square-in-square gathering plazas, fashioned with stone benches and lion-head fountains; the north pageant lawn, bordered in soft green foliage; and the deep, slender planter boxes along Main Street. Seating is found all over the grounds for visitors and patrons who want to linger near the temple under the sunny Arizona skies.
Gorgeous Sunrise at the Mesa Arizona Temple
The morning sun rises over the Mesa Arizona Temple, filling the sky with brilliant hues of orange, violet, and blue. Tarps are draped over the main entrance where finish work continues on the terra cotta structure. Ground cover plants are bringing more green to the magnificent grounds, and work is underway on dumpster enclosures that will shield containers from view. The surrounding neighbor is likewise being refreshed with updated streets, sidewalks, and new buildings including the Discovery Center that will house a new visitors' center.
Main Street Makeover in Mesa, Arizona
The renovation of the Mesa Arizona Temple grounds is also a stunning upgrade for Downtown Mesa's Main Street. Where there was once a simple sidewalk, grass lawn, and visitors' center that obstructed a view of the temple; there is a now a wide paver-style sidewalk bordered by elongated stone planter boxes with ornate accents and a backdrop of a double row of palm trees. An opening in the trees provides a direct view of the temple and a staircase welcomes visitors to roam the immaculate setting. The July drone video showcases the latest additions and includes some close-ups of the historic friezes.
Mesa Arizona Temple Monument Sign Installed
A handsome monument sign has been installed on the Mesa Arizona Temple grounds along Lesueur, directly across from the west reflection pool and main entrance to the building. The property continues to be filled with plants and shrubs while lamp posts are installed. Stone benches and decorative planters are among the stunning accents that have been set in place. The rebuilt entrance is being clad in terra cotta tiles.
Greening Up the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
Swaths of green beautifully contrast against the desert soil surrounding the Mesa Arizona Temple where a multitude of plant-bearing pallets have been delivered to the north lawn for incorporation into the stunning landscaping. Concrete forms have been set for a new landscape structure near the north side of the temple. On the opposite side, improvements have been made to the grounds building including new siding and insulation. Roads continue to be paved and sidewalks poured. Watch the most recent video update for an exciting flight over the grounds.
Cactus Gardens at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
Landscape rocks have been placed in one of the new cactus gardens at the Mesa Arizona Temple grounds, carrying on the fond tradition of incorporating cactus into the landscaping. Handsome lamp posts have been installed along Hobson, and the footing for the monument sign has been poured. At the north end of the project along Main Street, the construction barrier has been moved back, revealing beautiful planter boxes along the sidewalk that will be filled with colorful flowers. Long sections of ornamental fencing are being connected with beautiful gates.
Plants Arriving at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
Hundreds of plant-filled nursery pots are being delivered to the Mesa Arizona Temple for planting across the vast grounds, starting at the northwest corner of the lot. Cypress trees that were transplanted prior to the start of renovation are also returning the grounds. Installation of windows and ornamental fencing is nearing completion, as is road work along Lesueur and Hobson. Coping stones continue to be laid along the top of retaining walls and the borders of planter boxes. Cladding has begun on the exterior of the Family Discovery Center.
March Video Update for the Mesa Arizona Temple
The beauty and symmetry of the 20-acre grounds surrounding the Mesa Arizona Temple are on display in the latest video update, showing the progress being made on installation of ornamental fencing and other landscaping elements. Construction continues across the street on Church-owned projects including the impressive Discovery Center. A complete renovation of the interior spaces of the temple is also progressing.
North Reflection Pool Filled at the Mesa Arizona Temple
A new aerial photograph captures the reflection of the Mesa Arizona Temple in the recently filled pool located on the north side of the building. On the west side, beautiful gold-colored doors have been installed in the main entrance. A similar set of doors has been added on the rear side of the building. Installation of the ornamental fencing continues as does concrete and asphalt work including sidewalks and parking areas.
Aerial Update on the Mesa Arizona Temple Renovation
Watch the stunning aerial footage taken this month of the tree-filled grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple. You'll catch a glimpse of the impressive Family Discovery Center and residential units under construction across the street, the massive sunken pageant grounds with crisscrossing walkways, the embedded water features in the reflection pools, and the work of installing permanent windows and ornamental fencing.
Reflection Pool Filled at the Mesa Arizona Temple
Water is rippling across the recently filled reflection pool on the west side of the Mesa Arizona Temple where the main entrance is located. Progress has also been made on installing black ornamental fencing along the west side and bollards around the northwest corner. A new driveway entrance have been paved for the west side of the parking lot. Previously, there were only entrances on the south side. Green patches of sod are just beginning to appear on the grounds.
Ornamental Fencing Appears at the Mesa Arizona Temple
The expansive 20-acre grounds surrounding the Mesa Arizona Temple continue to see more hard landscaping in the form of concrete walkways, planters, and ornamental fencing. At the temple, white-framed temporary windows are being replaced with black-framed permanent windows, and framing has gone up for the new west entrance doors. Across the street, structural framing for the Family Discovery Center is advancing rapidly.
Temporary Windows Coming Out at the Mesa Arizona Temple
With interior work advancing at the Mesa Arizona Temple, the temporary windows that have been used for the renovation are being replaced—one by one—with new permanent windows featuring the dark grid pattern of the originals. Bollards are being installed around the temple site, which will provide protection from vehicles entering the grounds. The street along the west side of the temple, South Lesueur, is receiving new curbing and sidewalks. After having been fitted to the platform, the pageant stage is coming down.
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.