Temple Advancements in 2016
In 2016, six temples were dedicated in Provo, Sapporo, Philadelphia, Fort Collins, Star Valley, and Hartford with two temples rededicated in Suva and Freiberg. Ground was broken for four temples in Kinshasa, Barranquilla, Durban, and Winnipeg. And four new temples were announced for Quito, Harare, Belém, and Lima.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Architectural Details
A supplemental virtual tour produced for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple explores the inspiration behind the architectural details of this exquisite building, which pays homage to both American and Church history. The temple was recently dedicated on September 18.
President Henry B. Eyring Dedicates the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
"It's a wonderful moment in the dedication of this temple," said President Henry B. Eyring at the cornerstone ceremony for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. "There is a stone prepared for us now to seal…it's symbolic of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Chief Cornerstone of the Church." The beautiful 61,000-square-foot temple, located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, will serve more than 40,000 Church members.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Open House Concludes
Today is the final day of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple open house. The temple will be closed over the next week as it is cleaned and prepared for dedication on Sunday, September 18. A youth cultural celebration will be held the evening prior at the Liacouras Center.
Virtual Tour of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
In just five days, the general public will be greeted at the new Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple during its month-long open house. For those who are unable to travel to Philly or who simply wish to preview the building, a lovely virtual tour has been created highlighting numerous interior and exterior features. The temple will close to the public after its dedication on September 18.
See Inside the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the public to tour the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple from August 10 through September 9 in an official news release featuring interior photographs. Make your reservation.
Neighbors Tour the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Preliminary tours have begun at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple including a recent tour conducted for neighbors. The general public is invited to tour the temple August 10–September 9, 2016.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Grounds
The beautiful grounds and well-defined garden areas for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, featuring numerous Japanese maples, are now completed. The public open house for the temple begins in just one month on August 10, 2016, and continues through September 9.
Over 40,000 Guests Plan to Tour Philadelphia Temple Thus Far
Reservations to tour the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple continue to climb with over 40,000 spots already taken. The public has the opportunity to see the inside of the temple from August 10 through September 9 before it is formally dedicated. Guests are encouraged to make a free reservation.
Philadelphia's Logan Square
Standing across from iconic Logan Square in Center City, Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is a breathtaking addition to this downtown historic district. The public open house for the temple begins in just two months. Obtain free open house tickets online.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Plaza
The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple grounds will feature an enchanting entrance plaza with granite-faced garden areas containing a variety of flowers and trees including Japanese maples. Dark granite pavers and beautiful aged bronze entrance doors were recently installed.
Free Reservations Available for Philadelphia Temple Open House
Members of the public wishing to tour the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple during its open house from August 10 through September 9 can now make their free reservations using the online reservation system.
Open House Reservations Available May 23
Free tickets for the open house of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will be made available through an online reservation system beginning Monday, May 23. The interior of the temple is complete, and furniture is being delivered. Work is progressing on the exterior plaza.
A Temple in Center City, Philadelphia
The new sky-scraping Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple towers over I-676 near the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City, Philadelphia. Inspired by Colonial architecture, the temple will open to the public from August 10 through September 9, 2016.
Trees Planted at Philadelphia Temple Grounds
A stand of deep red trees now beautify the grounds of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, where landscaping progress continues.
Copper Steeple Added to Meetinghouse Next to Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
A milestone has been met in Philadelphia where a quartet of Church buildings are under construction including the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, a red brick meetinghouse and visitors' center, a high-rise residential tower, and a low-profile services building. The meetinghouse received its steeple, clad in a beautiful, shiny copper. The public will have an opportunity to tour the temple beginning in August.
Philadelphia Pennsylania Temple Open House Dates Adjusted
A change has been made to the public open house for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, which will now begin on Wednesday, August 10, (five days later than previously announced) and continue through Friday, September 9. The dedication remains on the September 18.
Lighting Tests Continue at Philadelphia Temple
Exterior lighting is now being tested for both steeples and the exquisitely detailed cornice at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, which will be dedicated this September. The public open house is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Complex Progress
All of the buildings at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple complex are clearly visible in new photographs taken from a parking facility across the street. With the recent attachment of the inscription stones to the east side of the temple, the granite exterior is now complete.
Philadelphia Temple Exterior Almost Finished
The exterior of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will be completed in the next week or two, as the final granite, roofing, and lighting items are attached. Seating and lockers are being installed inside, which should be furnished by May. Landscaping will be tackled in the spring.
Open House Announced for the Philadelphia Temple
The public open house for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will begin on Wednesday, August 10, and conclude on Friday, September 9, 2016. The weekend of the cultural celebration and dedication will coincide with the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
Philadelphia Temple Steeple Lighting
Philadelphia's city lights are seeing a new addition with the construction of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. Lighting tests have started on the west steeple as scaffolding is removed from the east steeple—recently capped by Moroni.
Angel Moroni Added to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The angel Moroni statue was placed atop the eastern spire of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple today. View the video. Work progresses on the interior of the building, which is expected to be completed in the latter half of 2016.
West Tower of Philadelphia Temple
The west tower of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was revealed on Friday when scaffolding was removed.
Spire Added to West Tower of Philadelphia Temple
Today the spire was added to the west tower of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. The spire for the east tower is also on site and will be installed soon. Construction of the temple is expected to be completed in the latter half of 2016.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Spire Awaiting Installation Atop East Tower
New photographs from the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple construction site show that the spire for the east tower is on site and being faced with stone cladding. The rod protruding from the spire cap will be used to support a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni standing atop a sphere. The west tower will feature a sphere topped with a finial. Progress is also shown on the meetinghouse and residential tower across the street.
Cornice Lighting Turned on at Philadelphia Temple
Exterior lighting beautifully accents the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple cornice. Just across the expressway, Pope Francis attended mass today at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in conjunction with the World Meeting of Families.
Granite Work Moves Up the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Scaffolding now surrounds both towers of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple as the attachment of granite moves ever higher. Across from the temple, a 24,000-square-foot meetinghouse and 32-story residential tower are rising.
Philadelphia Temple Update
At the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, granite has been attached up to the cornice and work progresses on the cornice roof, parapet, and towers. The completion of granite is expected by the end of November. Inside, painting and trim is moving along and the light fixtures are installed. Work has begun on an outdoor plaza.
Structural Steel Framing for Philadelphia Meetinghouse
The steel skeleton of the meetinghouse that stands across from the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is rising while substructure walls are poured for the high-rise residential tower next door. Work continues on the temple proper where windows have been installed in the towers.
Granite and Window Installation Nearly Complete for Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Work on the exterior granite for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple has reached the level of the cornice and parapet wall and has also begun on the west tower. Inside, the temple is in various stages of finish work including painting, plaster, and millwork. Next spring, work will begin on landscaping the plaza. Across the street, structural framing is nearly finished for the stake center with utility work beginning soon.
Overhead View of the Philadelphia Temple
Progress on the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple complex can be seen from high-rise buildings located across the Vine Street Expressway. Structural framing is well underway for the meetinghouse, and excavation continues for the high-rise residential tower.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Stonework
With much of the stonework installed at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, the elements of its classical design are now visible including pediments over the windows and Corinthian columns running between them. Footing and foundation work continues on the residential tower.
Philadelphia Temple Exterior, Meetinghouse, and Tower
Installation of exterior stone has resumed at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, which now covers about half the building. Across the street, workers are preparing to pour footings for the meetinghouse, and excavation continues for the high-rise residential tower.
Excavation Started for Philadelphia Residential Tower
Excavation has begun for the high-rise residential tower that will stand next to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. Work on the temple has been focused on the interior, as the granite facade still reaches about a third of the way up the building. Visitors are welcome at an on-site visitors' trailer.
Philadelphia Temple Update
While granite and window installation continue at the Philadelphia temple, the services building has been bricked, and land is being cleared for the residential tower across the way.
Taking a Peek at the Philadelphia Temple
Looking through the construction barrier that surrounds the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple site, progress on the granite installation can be seen, which now reaches about one-third of the way up the building.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Art Glass
Placid hues of blue and green found in the newly installed art glass windows at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple accentuate the cool granite cladding along the ground level. Across the way, a neutral-colored brick is being laid against the exterior of the services building.
Philadelphia Temple and Services Building
As granite cladding is attached to the exterior walls of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, the adjoining services building is being prepared for a waterproofing sealant. Window framing has been completed in the temple, taking it a step closer to being enclosed.
Granite Going Up on the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
With the exterior walls of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple sealed, attachment of the granite cladding has begun. Workers will place stone along the bottom and move up. Construction on the high-rise apartment building is expected to begin next month.
Sealing the Exterior of the Philadelphia Temple
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Updates
Construction laborers at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple are busy inside and outside as the exterior walls are covered with a sealant and electrical, plumbing, and HVAC utilities are roughed in. With the building closing in, some sheetrock and window framing hanging has started.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Exterior Walls
Bricks have filled the once-open spaces between the steel columns that frame the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple and service building, forming exterior walls and window openings. The meetinghouse and apartment building that will rise on the lot across from the temple have recently passed design review.
Philadelphia Complex Design Review
The 32-story apartment building and meetinghouse planned for the lot across from the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple are undergoing the Civic Design Review process.
Both Towers Assembled for Philadelphia Temple
An American flag—standing some 200 feet in the air—flies proudly above the eastern tower of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. The addition of the flag is especially fitting in this historic city where the Declaration of Independence was signed and Constitutional Convention was held.
Philadelphia Temple Tower Growing Taller
Another section of framework has been added to the west tower of the Philadelphia temple, which is reaching a little higher heavenward. The east tower will carry the angel Moroni and rise even higher. Ornate panels will soon be attached to the exterior as demonstrated by an on-site mockup.
More Framing for Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
As framework for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple towers continues to be installed, the services building next to the temple also grows, as seen in the foreground of the accompanying photograph. The low-profile building will offer Church member services and materials.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Towers
Framing is underway for the two towers that will stand atop the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. The tower on the east side will reach higher than than tower on the west and will support an angel Moroni statue. The towers will share a resemblence with the clock tower on Independence Hall.
Major Steel Framing Nearing Completion in Philadelphia
Boom trucks are lifting steel to the top level of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, as the concrete and steel skeleton nears completion. In the coming months, a highly detailed stone façade will cover the exterior of the building, and framing for rooms will proceed on the interior.
Steel Rising Inside Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
At the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, progress continues on the interior framing, which has reach the height of the exterior walls on one side. Corrugated steel is being attached to horizontal girders to create the floors. The temple is helping to transform the Benjamin Franklin Parkway corridor.
Steel Framing Underway at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
A network of steel beams has joined the concrete corner walls forming the new Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. The three-level building will feature rooms for instruction and special ceremonies, decorated in a distinctly colonial style. Across the street, the temple will be joined by a high-rise apartment building with street-level retail and a separate meetinghouse for Sunday worship with community features including a family history center and cultural center for visitors.
Corner Walls Completed for Philadelphia Temple
Set against the beautiful Philadelphia skyline, the reinforced concrete corner walls for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple stand at their full height, designed to match the height of the similarly styled Family Court building and Philadelphia Free Library, just west of the temple.
More Concrete Poured for Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Walls
A recent photograph of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple shows the progress being made on the reinforced concrete walls for the building. The temple is located in the Center City District of one of the most populated cities in the United States.
Key Exterior Walls in Place for Philadelphia Temple
Philadelphians are taking notice of the reinforced concrete walls that have risen along the Vine Street Expressway. As the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple walls are erected, work continues on the massive substructure.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Rising in Center City
Construction of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is captured against the city lights of Center City Philadelphia in a recently submitted photograph. Work continues on the expansive underground parking facility as the temple walls rise in the background.
Exterior Walls Rising for Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Following months of underground work to create the large parking structure and basement level for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, exterior walls for the main level are now rising into view as concrete is poured into forms.
Groundbreaking Anniversary Month in Philadelphia
It was two years ago this month when President Henry B. Eyring presided over the groundbreaking of the Philadelphia Temple, though construction did not begin in earnest until the beginning of this year. Newly submitted photographs show the progress happening beneath ground level.
Philadelphia Temple Progress
As the substructure grows for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, work on the superstructure is expected to begin in about two months with installation of exterior stone from Maine anticipated next spring. The interior design calls for 18th century furnishings and architecture such as columns, pediments, and candelabra.
Second Level Underway for Philadelphia Temple Parking Structure
Work on the underground parking structure for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple has stepped up a level with the addition of concrete for a large portion of the second and final level of the parking facility.
4th of July Construction Progress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Newly submitted photographs of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple site capture the construction progress on the Fourth of July in the Cradle of Liberty. The floors have been poured for the complex substructure and now walls and supporting pillars are rising.
Pouring the Philadelphia Temple Substructure
At the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple site, work on the floor of the substructure is progressing in sections. Utilities and rebar are laid, then the concrete floor is poured. The temple will rise in downtown Philly among its esteemed neighbors including Logan Square and Saints Peter and Paul.
Utilities and Rebar Going in for Philadelphia Temple
Excavation for the substructure of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, which will feature a large underground parking facility, has reached its final depth. Work is now underway on laying utility pipes, conduits, and rebar in preparation for pouring the cement floor.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Excavation
Work continues on the massive excavation effort at the site of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. The urban temple will stand in the heart of the city near Logan Square. The complex will feature an extensive substructure including an underground parking facility.
Excavation Deepens for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Heavy equipment at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple continues excavation for the substructure of the complex, including an underground parking facility. The beautifully design temple reflects the colonial-style architecture of the area.
Progress at Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Complex
Work continues at the site of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple where the former surface parking lot is being removed, starting around the edges of the property. The temple complex will feature an underground parking structure, which will require extensive excavation.
Drilling and Parking Lot Removal in Philadelphia
The site of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was alive with construction activity today where the existing parking is being removed and drilling is underway in preparation for excavation for the temple, its associated buildings, and an underground parking structure.
Art Commission Grants Approval to Philadelphia Temple
On November 7, the design for the Phildelphia Pennsylvania Temple received final approval from the Art Commission with two last-minute dissenting votes regarding tree choice and the "too literal" classicism of the building. All others approved.
Parking Lot Closed for Philadelphia Temple
The parking lot where the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will stand has been closed. Although building permits are still needed before construction begins, contractors are hopeful that digging could start before the end of the year.
Fall Excavation and Spring Construction Planned in Philly
Ten months have passed since the formal groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple with no construction activity at the site. However, excavation is expected to commence this fall and construction next spring with completion anticipated in 2015.
Ground Broken for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
On September 17, ground was formally broken for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple in a ceremony presided by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency. Full-scale operations are expected to begin next spring. View the groundbreaking video.
The Church has announced that President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, will preside at next month's groundbreaking ceremony for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, which coincides with the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States at Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
Church Purchases Land Next to Philadelphia Temple Site
When Church officials saw the opportunity to purchase land at 1601 Vine Street, next door to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple site at 1701 Vine Street, they closed the deal and contracted with the Redevelopment Authority to become the designated site developers. No plans have yet been devised.
Mayor Announces Philadelphia Temple Will Move Forward
Mayor Nutter has announced that construction of the Philadelphia Temple will move forward in Center City, saying it will make Benjamin Franklin Parkway "one of the most incredible boulevards anywhere in the world." Final plans still must be submitted to the City before full approval is received.
Ahmad Corbitt Presents Philly's "Temple Trapezoid"
At a Central Philadephia Development Corporation meeting held June 10, Ahmad Corbitt—Church spokesman for the Philadelphia Temple project—was among the presenters on Logan Square's redevelopment projects. He played on Salt Lake's Temple Square to present "Temple Trapezoid."
Church Officials Meet with Philadelphia Officials to Review Preliminary Temple Plans
Church officials met privately this week with top administration officials of the City of Philadelphia to review preliminary plans for the Philadelphia temple. Darrell Clarke, 5th district councilman, called the plans magnificent and important for the city.
Previous Philadelphia Temple Site Would Not Accommodate Buildings
In a news article by the Philadelphia Inquirer, a Church representative explains that the previous site selected for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple at Broad and Noble would not accommodate the temple and meetinghouse planned for the site when contamination problems were discovered.
New Logan Square Site Selected for Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The First Presidency has announced a new location for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple at 1739 Vine Street. The site is currently a parking lot adjacent to the Vine Street Expressway, Courts Building, and diagnol to beautiful Logan Square, a prominent Philadelphia landmark.
The Beautiful Urban Setting of the Philadelphia Temple
Newly submitted photographs of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple site—currently a parking lot—captures the historic setting of this temple, located within several blocks of Philadelphia City Hall and Independence Hall (Liberty Bell).